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. Rudi

    all at wwwTheDimensionMachineDOTcom

    September 6, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. fundies

    they must have gotten a bigger boat.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. kristina

    OMG! I bet it is very smart and I dont think they will be able to keep it caged!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • oldostritch

      Crocodiles aren't good at picking locks. Little bit challenged at holding things in both hands while analyzing.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mr.Shaggy

    Did somebody proof read this article? It's Mindanao, not Mindinao.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nick

      CNN proofing an article?? Hahahahahahha c'mon seriously? Their editors are among the worst.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. asdf

    dumb slubs

    September 6, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. charls

    hi

    September 6, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. charls

    i whant to keep him as a pet

    September 6, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Meeshka Zoonzki

    Hello :) I like crocodiles!!! 0.o

    September 6, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. sdiego

    Kill it before it kills anyone.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. JT

    Those people are perfectly sized for a snack. Why is Ira Newble from the Lakers there?

    September 6, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Connor

    Well, I do believe that Captain Hook's fear is completely justified at this point...

    September 6, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Shannon

    I didn't know my mother in law went down to the Philippines!

    September 6, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Gatewayboy_a

    Oh, looks like they found my mother.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Askhow

    Why is this news?

    September 6, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Nigel

    If you lived in litle village in the middle of nowhere dont tou think you would kill or relocate seems pretty smart to me.!

    September 6, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
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