21-foot monster crocodile caught
Villagers gather by the 21-foot-long crocodile after it was captured on Saturday.
September 6th, 2011
01:01 PM ET

21-foot monster crocodile caught

Wildlife authorities in the Philippines say they have captured a 21-foot-long, 2,370-pound saltwater crocodile, thought to be the largest creature of its kind now in captivity.

The croc was captured in Agusan del Sur marsh on the southern Philippine island of Mindinao, according to a report on GMA News. Hunters had been trying to capture it for 21 days, the report said. It was finally captured on Saturday by a team of about 30 men who used meat to bait it and an eight millimeter metal cable to snare it, according to an Agence-France Presse report on ABS.CBN News.

Edwin Cox Elorde, mayor of the remote town of  Bunawan near where the croc was caught, said the reptile will become the star of a nature park there, according to the AFP report.

The previous largest crocodile in captivity is an 18-footer in Australia, according to Guinness World Records.

Crocodiles are suspected in the deaths of a local fisherman earlier this year and a girl a few years ago, according to the news reports, but authorities could not say whether the monster caught Saturday was responsible.

Cox Elorde told Inquirer news in the Philippines that there could be a thousand more large crocodiles in the marsh, but he denied earlier reports that locals would try to catch another.

He also said the croc captured Saturday has been named Lolong, after local hunter Ernesto “Lolong” Conate, who died of a stroke while helping plan the capture of the reptile.

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  1. GBENGA SAMUEL

    Killing the croc is the best thing, do u expect people to spear it and allow it to keep killing people?

    September 7, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lucky

    See how an untamed reptile is taking all our time nd comments wen they are other important world issues that needs our critical comments and analysis...funny though.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. ESOBE AUGUSTINE frm Nigeria

    i bliev d croc worth somethine else,how can a croc b up to 21ft,they shld examine it well and no if its real coz we are in d world of technology nothing is impossible

    September 7, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      Why don't you go and see for yourself? Open up the reptile's mouth wide and look down the body cavity for any electronics blinking and wires sticking out... =)

      September 7, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    Thats Cute croc...
    but people should leave it in the water, it helps to balance eco system

    September 7, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • me

      I am sure you will feel safe with this croc living in the river next to your house, where your children play everyday

      September 7, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Timothy Iheoma Popular

    So such creatures exists?

    September 7, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    nice meat...croc stew yummy..

    September 7, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. dalvz

    Too bad the Philippines cannot catch most of its crocodiles who stand just between 5 to 6 feet tall, a lot of them sit in the Philippine congress, in provincial capitols, in city and town halls. =)

    September 7, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    Leave the croca alone & stay off waters! Jah made land for you so if the croc attacks you, we all know you were in the wrong territory and besides, who got there first?

    September 7, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Easy to say sitting comfy in your first world ease.

      September 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      There is no plan of killing that croc! it was brought to a sanctuary of wild animals wherein he could live peacefully without harming anyone and as it was shown its being well taken care of! Crocs dont only attack in the waters but also in land, which makes it very much dangerous to the community near the marsh where it was capture. Its not a question of who come first or who lives there first...it is about the safety of the majority. Philippines is a 3rd world country but we understand how to take care of the wild. And hey we settle for synthetic leather than shoes and bag mad of crocs skin! We dont contribute to the overwhelming demand of this expensive things and besides we can afford it hahaha..

      ..but really guys seriously.. we dont wanna harm this beautiful animal..

      September 8, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pat

    I just want to say u guys keep anywhere you want, just don't kill, because this animal is nice. My favorite animal I request don't kill.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pat

    Don't kill this animal.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bless

    who says that the huge croc is gonna get butchered? the most important fact is that the huge croc is captured and is in the good hands and won't bother the local people anymore.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. rachael

    Wow! This is amazing, seeing a 21 foot crocodile and I thought this was just in the movies. I think it's neat they are going to keep it in a nature park. Who knows, how big the crocodiles can get. It's like Sci-fi movies.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Henry E. Samonte

    We in the Philippines has another breed of crocodile, someone that walks on two feet. There are many of them in our Congress hall,

    September 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brian

    What a HUGE crocodile! Would you like to discuss it more? Chat with others about it here

    http://boyerboat.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=7

    September 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BoyerBoat.com

    OMG I want to see this thing live in person!

    September 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
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