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. judemandudeman

    let it free! It would never have grown so big without its freedom!

    September 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mark

    Put it back so it can breed.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jamison

    YUM – Tastes like chicken.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      I wonder how long the poor thing has had that horrible growth on it's back...

      September 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Army & Navy Dad

    Is this the same one that Betty White was feeding cows to in Lake Placid?

    September 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A

    Please note that it's MindAnao not MindInao.... please do double check and cross-refer your article first before publishing it. I know that CNN is a very reputable source for news and getting facts misspelled is one way of tarnishing that reputation. Thanks.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      I wonder if anyone else caught that........and most importantly....."cared".

      September 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • An

      It looks like a lot of different organizations use both spellings of the country...Weird!

      September 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dinos_exist

    I'm against most animal captivity, and this croc seems like it had a great life out in the wild (as would I, if I were the crocodile). But if I lived near this magnificent animal, I would want it caught and kept alive. At least they didn't kill it. They're using it for ecotourism purposes which is great. Why don't you go troll Seaworld instead.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • slayerwulfe

      I agree and when I see them in prison it makes me so sad.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Me

    Look I'm Flying on Crocodile!

    September 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      I wonder if they would let me make a sofa out of it.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JWHeckendorf

    This Crocodile should be brought over here and run for political office. Makes as much sense as who we are given to vote for. I vote for the Crocodile.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • EGB1

      Have it do a debate with the Republican nominees, in a cage.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Why can't Bimbo comment on the croc story?

    September 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    OK, how about this one – they should let it run loose in Abu Sayyef territory.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Byrd

    Have a barbecue! Call all friends and neighbors! Feed the entire neighborhood for a week on that mount of alligator!

    Peter Pan

    September 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lino

      Not being offensive Byrd, but it'a a Crocodile not an Alligator.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Test

    For some reason you can't post the word J@p@nese.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JustThinking

    The maker of the trailer on which the gator is displayed would like to re-iterate to its owner that the weight limit is just 1200 lbs and that it takes no responsibility for the saftey of any beings transported which alone or together add up to more than that limit! (Or for any unfortunate souls who happen to be nearby when the gator wakes up and thrashes its way out of those loosely tied ropes!)

    September 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. more worried about foreigners than yourselves

    What about our own American Aligators? Why have they been becoming increadingly impotent over the past several decades, just like many of American men? What's causing this never before seen condition? And is there a link between male Aligator's impotence, and that of men?

    September 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      It's time to start putting growth hormones in the Florida swamps. See how big the Gators get then.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chris

    Well all I can say is, future news headline(huge salt water croc kills village people. And later at ten the question that has stumped even Katie Couric....if a republican and a democrate made a baby would what would it look like?

    September 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
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