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. American Aligators can't get it up either (cont)

    Aligators in your yard aren't searching for food, their instincts are driving them to find the same breeding pool it's parents used. It's instincts tell him that he is near the pool, and if you, your kids, or your pet's mess with it, it will defend it's breeding hole vigorously. Sure if it kills your dog in self-defense of it's personal property you have taken it will eat said dog (or child) Nature wastes nothing.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. HT

    leave him in peace.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. ricky

    You shud see my x...5' of bad -itch

    September 6, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. JOE

    A rare find just like the teaparty. But at least the croc is worth saving. The teaparty needs to be extinct or exterminated before we end up with another civil war.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • shades

      hardly the place for this debate, BUT, maybe a civil war is just what we need, and assuming you are a liberal, I bet it wont take long into the battle you'll be wishing you were on my team

      September 6, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • virtualgd

      Joe – You're a typical loser liberal with a warped mindset. These comments are meant to be on an animal in the article but like a typical mental midget your disgusting rotten mouth has been opened and you willingly shove your foot right down your throat. This is what we have come to expect from the libtard left. You libs should also be careful with all of your "Civil War" garbage. That battle is one that you will not win. Be smart and learn from history if you can.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • windsor76

      I like how the left, which is supposed to be more compassionate and understanding, often calls for the 'extermination' of the right. You sir, are as bad as Hitler.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Don't Feed the Trolls.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • TheButcher

      Imagine.... a civil war with Liberals...

      How is that even remotely scary at all. I mean.. I am literally more frightened at the possibility of nicking myself while shaving.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. IloveCrocs

    Release it back in the wild.Poor thing will die in captivity!

    September 6, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • todms

      Totally agree. What's the purpose of capturing it? Photograph it and put it back!

      September 6, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Forensics

      Agreed – very sad that it will be held captive now for humans to look at.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • TheButcher

      They don't mention it was captured after eating a farmer. It's a man eater now, they can't release it. Boots & food, leave nothing to waste.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CMM

    Uncalled for. How old are you? 10

    September 6, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Darmonx

    This news for some reason makes me sad. He's just an old croc doing his business for half a century and then humans started invading his territory. Their extinction in the Philippines is coming. sad sad sad.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • LeaveCrocAlone

      Couldn't agree more! This poor animal has survived for so many years and now will have to live out its life in a caged pen so it can be the 'star attraction' Humans can be such vile creatures.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Trix

    A rare thing would be not to bring up the Tea Party in every freaking thread on these boards, JOE.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Trix

    American Alligator dude-do breeding holes apply to gigantic crocs in the Phillipines?

    September 6, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bernard

    @ Barbara Nichols - CHILL OUT!

    September 6, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Linda ```````````````~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hey guys, will you visit HelpFaye.ORG. a friend of mine is fighting for her life.... Thank you ...

    September 6, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • MC

      I just checked – Faye died this morning of a spam overdose. RIP.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • livinlife420

      Died this morning! ha ha tooo funny

      September 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Trix

    I'm a Dem, but people bringing up the TP in every thread sometimes makes me embarassed to be one....

    September 6, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Don't bother...

      Joe's a troll. He wins at his little game if you write any response to him at all. He doesn't care about the tea party any more than you care about dust. His goal is to spark debates about stupid crap. Don't fall for it.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • thegarderner

      Just mind them not. No need to mention them because everyone already know about the TP trash.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Society - It's like watching a car crash in slow motion...

    The comments on here are frightening. Capturing this magnificent animal is THE BEST SCENARIO. If you feel otherwise, I'm sorry, but you are wrong.

    Firstly, it keeps the area safe. Obviously this means human life safe from it, but just as equally its life safe from us. As much as we love our moral high-horse and fire off ignorant statements about the ruthless killing capacity and indifference of these animals, I really shouldn't have to point out mankind's gut reaction to destroy everything with total apathy.

    Secondly, use the meat to feed the villages? Please. "Give a man a fish and he will be fed for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will be fed for his life." The potential revenue that can be brought in through this attraction would do more to supply the area than "gator" meat, and much more long-term.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. hmmm

    the newscaster said it was captured by the Vietnamese villagers in the Philippines...LOL. There are lots of Vietnamese refugees in the Philippines, but the people who captured the crocs were working for the government, and therefore were Filipinos.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Trix

    No, Linda-Trish-David-Amy- we will not help out Mary Faye any more...she's collected enough to fund the next fourteen disaster clean-ups put together! Her kid's college funds have enough to send 30 thru Harvard! Why should we fund her retirement? Her husband needs to get a job like the rest of us who are using our company computers to post here!

    September 6, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
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