Giant Killer Crocodile snared in the Philippines

A 21-foot long giant saltwater male crocodile that weighed about a ton believed to have killed a fisherman and attacked a water buffalo was snared... More Below... Posted by on Sep 6th, 2011 and filed under Animals, Entertainment, News, Science, World.

A 21-foot long giant saltwater male crocodile that weighed about a ton believed to have killed a fisherman and attacked a water buffalo was snared in the Agusan Del Sur Province, Philippines.

A band composed of villagers and croc experts from Western Palawan were formed to catch the beast. It took three weeks before the reptile was finally caught. It destroyed traps several times before yielding to steel cables. About a hundred men hauled the croc from a creek in Bunawan, then a crane lifted the monstrous catch into a truck.

“We were nervous but it’s our duty to deal with a threat to the villagers,” Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde of Bunawan told AP through telephone. “When I finally stood before it, I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

The crocodile then was placed in a fenced cage in an area where the town plans to build an ecotourism park for species found in a vast marshland in Agusan, an impoverished region about 515 miles southeast of Manila Elorde said.

“It will be the biggest star of the park,” the Mayor said. He continued saying the villagers were happy to turn the crocodile “from a threat into an asset”.