This Giant Croc was captured in the Philippines and is going to be relocated into a new nature preserve and tourist attraction. But wow is it a giant animal.
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This 21-foot, 2,375 pound megacroc destroyed four traps, one water buffalo, and possibly a fisherman before finally being captured in a specially-designed, reinforced, steel-wire trap. Trapped, not killed? And cue Jurassic Park theme music in 3… 2… 1…
Dang, Philippines, y’all got some big reptiles. This crocosaurus stands accused of killing one large water buffalo, and is the prime suspect in the case of a missing fisherman from back in July. Once it was finally trapped, it took approximately 100 men to drag it out of the water. It was then lifted by a crane into a truck and transferred to a temporary holding cell. He will eventually be the star of an eco-tourism park, which will hopefully bring some much-needed cash-flow to the impoverished area of Agusan, approximately 500 miles southeast of Manila. He is one of the largest crocodiles ever captured alive.
Oh, but here’s some good news. Wildlife official Ronnie Sumiller is leading the hunt for another croc which may be even bigger.
Backed by five village hunters he has trained, Sumiller has set 20 steel cable traps with an animal carcass as bait along the creek where the first crocodile was caught and in a nearby vast marshland.
Sumiller said he found no human remains when he induced the captured crocodile to vomit.
You induced a giant crocodile to vomit? How, by holding back its scales and sticking your finger down its throat? Or is that some sort of croco-emetic you’re pouring down that pipe into its mouth in the video? Regardless, the guy who has to pick through the croco-spew looking for human remains is underpaid no matter how much he makes. [AP via Business Insider]
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The one-tonne crocodile caught in the Philippines
A giant saltwater crocodile weighing more than a tonne has been captured in a remote southern Philippine village following a series of attacks on humans and animals, officials said.
Measuring 6.4m (21ft) and weighing 1,075kg (2,370lb), it is the biggest to be caught alive in the Philippines in recent years.
It may also be the biggest specimen ever captured, officials said.
Saltwater crocodiles can live for more than 100 years and grow to 23ft (7m).
Josefina de Leon, wildlife division chief of the environment ministry’s protected areas and wildlife bureau, said it was likely to be the biggest crocodile ever captured.
- Also known as the estuarine crocodile, it is the world’s largest living croc.
- It is capable of killing any animal or human that strays into its territory.
- Body length: usually 4.2m-4.8m (13.8ft-15.8ft), although specimens of over 7m (23ft) have been recorded.
- Weight: Male generally 408-520kg (900lb-1,140lb), but have been known to exceed 1,000kg (2,204lb).
- Life expectancy: They can live for more than 100 years.
“Based on existing records, the largest that had been captured previously was 5.48m (18ft) long,” she told AFP.
“This is the biggest animal that I’ve handled in 20 years of trapping.”
The hunt for the crocodile in the village of Bunawan began in mid-August and it took dozens of local men to secure its capture on Saturday.
But crocodile hunter Rollie Sumiller, who led the hunt, said this reptile may not be the killer they have been looking for after at least one attack on a human was reported in the area.
“We’re not really sure if this is the man-eater, because there have been other sightings of other crocodiles in the area,” he told AFP.
The captured croc will now become the main attraction at a planned nature park in the area.