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. sws

    Crikey!!!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. mary

    Am glad it was caught,cause it could a lot of harm than good.besides now the water can be used freely by fishermen without being killed.I feel which ever way,its a good thing,and his gonna be in a better place.so no loSs.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • jm1999

      Here we go again human beings screwing with nature again. Why cant we just leave these animals alone. I don't think they wake up and say hey I want to be put on display in a cage because Im the biggest known. Common sense knows that we know they can get big.

      Now the croc will become a star? Oh so they are going to pay him?

      What people fail to think about now is that fisherman may be able to fish more frequent before which may deplete the population of fish in that area. Nice going!

      September 6, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      Mary, just because 1 big croc was removed from the waters doesn't make them safe. Does removing 1 shark from the ocean make a difference at all?

      September 6, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • tesla1908

      @jm1999, Why should we leave this crocodile alone? Did it leave it's prey alone? Was it guilty of screwing with nature when it ate countless prey? What goes around comes around, It's easy to criticise from your comfy home but what if that beast was in your neighborhood? Get a life.

      September 6, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Tesla, hunting one croc would do nothing. Another one will take its place. Are you suggesting we should hunt a species thats been on this earth for 200 million years? The crocodile was here for way longer then we were, and will last on this earth after we destroy it.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • JustLiberty

      Crocs will last on this earth after we destroy it?

      September 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. slayerwulfe

    You might also be interested in Gustave the Nile croc.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • lilshirt

      Hi Slayer i remember Gastav ................. Iwonder if he is still alive i think they lost track of him.

      September 6, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. A God fearing muslim woman

    So barbaric.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Yeddo

    What's barbaric is letting the croc eat little kids.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Skatemom3

    Imagine living in that environment, scared to go out and do your profession for fear of BEING EATEN!
    Imagine fearing for your child's safety from a wild animal who has been terrorizing and attacking humans and eating children in your backyard.
    Now imagine the relief of seeing this animal captured AND shutting up all the "Good" people by not killing it, but (still dangerously for the employees) "RESCUING" the thing. Live fearlessly today when you walk outside today all, and God Bless All- and that is not sarcastic. Imagine and think before you speak. Read more. Take some anthropology classes. (look it up ANTHROPOLOGY). Educate yourselves and get out of your own small societal thinking.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • OnePlatypus

      Wow...you are soooooo educated...You must be from a big town!!! Soooo 100's of Crocs live in that area...two are suspected of eating two people of several years. Cough...cough...Just so you now, 150 people in the US are killed every year by ...wait...deer?...Holy Cow!!! KILL THEM ALL deer are 75 TIMES more dangerous than Crocs!

      Geeze...and you 'Blessing' these people...God created all..including crocs. We are suppose to find a way to live with all god creatures...unless you say 'god' created inherently evil creatures...I do not think god would like that...Think about that with your big educated brain...

      September 6, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Imagine being hatched in the swamp, with noone around and all of a sudden these creatures that stand on two legs decided to walk through YOUR backyard (crocs backyard) your natural instinct is to hunt and eat, what do you think is going to happen! And if you let your children play where they roam, then too bad, they are fair game. remember we are invading THEIR homes. At least feed the thing to the local village, instead of showcasing it for $$$.

      September 6, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      20 people die every year in US alone by.......HORSES! Damn wild beasts....we need to take care of them before they kill us all!

      September 6, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. BEAUTIFULONEIAM

    FIRST & FAR MOST I AM LOOKING & THIS THING IS HUGE
    2ND I WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE IT TOOK TO CAPTURE THIS 21 FOOT 2300 POUND "BEAST"
    3RD I WOULD LOVE TO THINK THEY ARE GONNA EAT IT LIKE GATOR MEAT THIS WILL FEED THE COUNTRY ALMOST 1 SERVING TO EVERYONE FOR 1 DAY,
    WOW! WOW! WOW!
    THIS IS THE REASON I DON'T LIKE MURKY WATER, YOU NEED TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS MAN!!!!!
    I SAW ANOTHER ARTICLE ABOUT A 90 YEAR OLD WOMAN HERE WHERE I LIVE BY THE EVERGLADES IN FLORIDA, A PLACE CALLED ALLIGATOR ALLEY BY MIAMI / FT. MYERS AREA) A 8 FT. GATOR HAD HER LEG IN HIS MOUTH AND A MAN TOOK HIS MAGNUM GUN AND SHOT IT BETWEEN THE EYES WELL SHE ENDED UP LOSING THE ONE LEG AND THEY NEVER CAUGHT THE GATOR ,
    ALL THIS TOO SAY SHE WOULDN'T HAVE STOOD A CHANCE WITH THIS THING.
    BLESSINGS ARE AWESOME AREN'T THEY?????

    September 6, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ana

    Humans are more and more everyday and everywhere. There is nothing to do with that.If i were living there, where the croc was caught, with my little children, I would like that animal to be dead.I cant even imagine the terror of living "close" to an animal like that one. It only wants to eat...for sure I would ask the men in the village to hunt that animal no matter the price.Sorry...

    September 6, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • slayerwulfe

      Hi Ana! You are so very right we do not get to choose where we are born. The large crocs are not that common in fact they are very rare. they are actually a genus that is dying out, capturing and preserving is decent. The smaller are generally fish eaters but they are also opportunist that are amoral to our standards so we don't hate them.

      September 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. travhops

    I so disagree this is barbaric. This is a great find and will be kept alive rather than shot. That croc is huge! Any idea what the loss of a water buffalo means to a farmer or how risky this is to people. Catching it is the best scenario for everyone.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      What's interesting about the reaction to this article is that the folks that lift up animals above people are usually the same group that don't mind killing babies. "Save the animals kill the babies" mindset, pro abortionist and the like. Animals don't have souls if this thing is a threat to people remove the threat.

      September 6, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. God

    Somehow I look at that photo and I feel sad for the crocodile. It seems like one of those children's stories with a sad ending.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Wil Klusovsky

      ^^^^^
      This is what happens when kids learn about biology by watching Disney movies. It's completely tragic.

      September 6, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      ^^^^^^This is what happens when humans dont learn form their past and continue on with the "frontier ethic"

      September 6, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. TheBossSaid

    And suddenly there was a decline in the number of severed feet found along the coasts of British Columbia.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. fastball

    What do you figure....2 pairs of nice boots, a belt, a small ladies' purse...and maybe enough for a wallet?

    September 6, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Marty in MA

    Dinosaurs still live on this planet.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. George

    I'm glad they kept it alive and will make it an attraction in a nature park. Very, very smart.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. Epiphany

    Gator shoes and bags for all!

    September 6, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
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