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. ron brooks

    at least they had the heart to capturing it and not killing the beast

    September 6, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Nota Fan

      I'm sure the crocodile would rather be tied down to a trailer than dead. Not!

      September 6, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Bob

      They put it in a nature park. It'll probably eat better than it ever has in its life.

      September 6, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • shonough

      Aborigine medicine men would copulate with crocodiles in order to reach a higher level of chi with the illustrious Gaya. I think Christians have a similar rite

      September 6, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Florida Guy

      If they did kill it it could feed thier village for a year!

      September 6, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Darien

    I had the same initial reaction as you guys. But actually, it was captured not as a trophy or as something to just show off. It was captured both to protect it and for it not to do anymore harm to its immediate surrounding. It just killed a couple of domesticated carabaos(water buffalo) within the last several months. Carabaos are used by a lot of people here in rural parts of the philippines for farming and a lot more. Lest they be killed by the locals as a way of summarily resolving the problem, the main branch of the government tasked to protect wildlife opted for it to be trapped, captured and be placed in a sanctuary. They have to capture it in order to protect it from the locals who actually don't know any better 🙂 They are still looking for another one a bit smaller but just as aggressive nonetheless.

    September 6, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • kiko143

      well said, darien

      September 7, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Adi

    Another Beautiful Create Killed!..sigh..........

    September 6, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • S Kyle

      Do you even read the news stories before you comment? People like you make me sick. There's more to life than perusing headlines...

      September 6, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You really need to read an article before you comment on it.

      September 6, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Adi

      Oops, my bad, I thought he was dead..

      September 6, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • John Doe

      And no they didn't kill another Greek island...spell check?

      September 6, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      The trailer is dead.

      September 6, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Bwahaha

      No, the trailer is non-living. There's a difference!

      September 6, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • IrishYank2

      I will never understand those who skip straight to the comments section before reading an article. It's like tipping your waiter prior to being served.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Florida Guy

      They Should have killed it just like we kill gators here in Florida!

      September 6, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nate

    So, the people of this village decided to remove a creature that had likely harmed no one from its natural habitat and place it in captivity all for the sake of fame and fortune, while likely starting a witch-hunt against an increasingly endangered species of animal. These people are idiots.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Thisguyisanidiot

      Idiot! You want him to kill people first before they capture it? And they have suspected that THAT crocodile was the one responsible for some deaths. Did you even read the article?

      September 6, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Idiot. They are NOT endangered, and these particular crocs have been implicated in the killing of both domestic animimals AND a girl, acc. to the report! What's more important–2 to 3 crocs, or human beings' lives and safety? What idiocy.

      September 6, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Garry

      No, not at all. READ the article. Reading is FUNamental

      September 6, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      There is a missing fisherman.

      September 6, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • B.O.B.

      well i i dont blame some one not for reading BORING but still atleast get wit teh program for pete's sake 😛 and also what ever happend to population control ehy like that gator was hungry so he saw a lil gurl on teh turf thinking oh shizzle she goonaa eat mah babies or hey hey you yeah lil girl get off my lawn >.< she didnt no any better so she got chomped parents need to watch there kids more and the fisherman......well wut ever he tried to fish the croc up and pulled in and chomped..Nom Nom

      September 6, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Stacey


      the little girl accidentally fell of the boat she was on, crossing the river to go to school. most likely, the croc had bumped the boat.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. stevetexas

    That photo just reminds me that there's too many people in the world. Nature doesn't stand a chance.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • peakarach

      Why don't commit suicide so other can live?

      September 6, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Suicide? That was uncalled for.

      September 6, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Moo

      Uncalled for? Not at all, just take one for the team.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Humans have existed here for maybe 14,000 years. Compared to crocs which have been here for 200 million years. Yeah you are right, WE have the right to kill anything. I mean it is OUR earth....right? Pffff

      September 6, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Florida Guy

      Just shoot it and be done with it!

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

    Just think of all the adorable handbags and shoes this beast will make. It is nice something good came out of this.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. beijingliver

    some people here just make me want to punch some of you guys, because you say the stupidest stuff

    September 6, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Now, Now, you might hurt your hand. Use a baseball bat.

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

    That should feed the village for at least a week

    September 6, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    Man, that is almost as big as the Crock Obama is trying to sell us....

    September 6, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Bob

      Not quite as big as that tumor on your brain.

      September 6, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff


      September 6, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Andrew

    Jaws, with legs.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. Yeddo

    It DID kill some people! The news anchor also said this croc is thought to be at least 50 years old...so there's not telling how many people he may have attacked/killed in his lifetime.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Wally Balloo

      Exactly – there's no telling, because we don't know. Maybe this was Ferdnand, the peaceful croc....and all his friends are laughing now!

      September 6, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lindalou

    That thing didn't get to be that big eating plants and small fish. I bet he's had a very healthy diet of humans.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Crocodiles dont go into villages at night and hunt people. They attack and eat whats easy and around them. They've done it for 200 million years, and grew up to 38 ft long. There didnt have any humans to feast on way back then. Humans have only been on this earth for maybe 14,000 years. Im sure they can get to 21 feet without eating one.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Yeddo

    Only took 39 posts before somebody pulled the politic chain. Yay.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      I'm surprised there have been no Univ of FL comments yet!

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

    Steve Erwin (God rest his sole) would have loved to have seen this beautiful beast (as he would have put it).

    September 6, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Sonnyred

      He'd been knee deep in the hunt for this "beauty", making sure it was saved. I dont think he could have jumped on this one's back and clamped its jaws shut with his hands....I saw one in Chon Bri ,Thailand back in the late 90's it was so big
      I never though I'd see one bigger...I was wrong

      September 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cjmalo

    All I have to say is wow that is one big croc, and if there is one there is a possibility for others; nice clip here.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
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