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. Kyon

    This is like jail, reforming a criminal that has caused great harm to society and making it contribute so that it will make up for what it has destroyed

    September 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. slayerwulfe

    bsitz : Please stop with the 14000 yr thing, The cave paintings at Altamira and Lascaux are for some of them at least 30,000 yrs old. We have been here a while. Don't get angry there's way too much of that.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. slayerwulfe

    The best comment of all that I read "I'd like to wear your skin someday"

    September 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 無双

    it would be very fun when you ride on it and go for safari...............

    September 8, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. kenman

    [sorry for my english]
    According to news here in the Philippines there is a larger crocodile shall be capture next week in the same place
    The Crocodile one are smaller than shall be taken next week..

    September 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tina

    Leave these things alone. Too bad for the fisherman and the girl. They lived there they knew what was out there. We have people in these US streets more deadly than this natural beauty. So now, lets lock it up to make money off of it. Why not, we have managed to screw up and destroy every natural thing on this planet beyond repair. Humans are over populated, we need many many more natural predators, if not, we will suffer disease and only the mutated version of us will survive. Isn't that the excuse some use to pretty much wipe species out? Don't watch CNN, you don't have to. What was that " the true sign of insanity is repeating something over and over and expecting a different out come. YOU came YOU listened YOU found crap. Go some where else.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Tastes like chicken

      September 9, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      I remember in Florida we used to think that twelve foot gators were scary as hell. Just thinking about this monster makes me cringe.

      September 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Hey tina i am from the phillipines, and you have no idea how easy you got it here in the US, you think its wrong for them to capture this huge animal that terrorizes villagers? you may as well be convicted along with it, when i was living in the phillipines my family would have to hunt and chase after huge snakes that would literally eat babies, you are more cruel then that croc if you think its ok for it to be killing humans.

      September 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evil Genius

      Tina , you think that little girl chose to live next to a big ol croc ? You think that fisherman would go anywhere near that croc unless he needed to, to take care of his family ? You Tina are a clown. I could see if you complained because they killed it , but they let the darn thing live. You must have a red nose and big feet.

      September 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DUNDEE

    Now the dying croc (being not used living away from it's natural habitat) is fast becoming an attraction to the local & foreign community and locals claims that a BIGGER croc who allegedlly ate a water buffalo and a fisherman is still at large and may come looking for his mate anytime soon bringing more fear to the townfolks. I feel sad for the croc & remorse to the locals. I just hope they'll release & leave the poor beast alone to go back to his family of GIANT CROCS who's probably only following it's primeval instinct of survival. So what about the rights of this endangered giant? PICS & RAW VIDEO LINK BELOW:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuRCD2MQgxs :D

    September 8, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Judy

    Wow

    September 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gerard

    This country is also full of human crocodiles

    http://dc4mf.org/en/content/dangerous-dynasties-northern-mindanao

    September 10, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Shaz

    WOW!! what a big one..where will they put 'em? It might be dangerous if they keep it in the zoo or somewhere else.. kill it?(of course NOT)..please do the right thing~ =))

    September 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Freedom fighter

    When beasts become to large to control in the wild, man will kill it or cage it..

    September 13, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. stoen

    I agree with Tina. The croc will probably die anyway from the stress of capture. It's just like you blood thirsty hunters who go after the biggest and strongest of whatever species you'r hunting not realizing you may be weakening the gene pool of the species. I pray the day hunters trespass on my property, they may find out what its like themselves.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • cantbelievetheidiots

      Perhaps whatever the hunters are hunting on your property will get you...Idjit.

      September 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Leslie

    Why would you capture such a creature only to put it in a zoo? It belongs in the wild not behind bars.How very sad.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
    • alboze

      I agree

      September 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chad

    Its sad that it will be put on display as a sideshow freak, and not living in its natural habitat.

    September 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MeenJoeG

    Reminds me of the scene in "Jaws" when the townfolk posed foolishly with the captured shark. Let nature be – this is beautiful animal that has no proven tie to any human attacks.

    September 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
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