Giant Crocodile Caught in the Philippines

Villagers and experts have caught a gigantic crocodile in a small town in the southern Philippines, reports said.

A group of local residents accompanied by experts from a crocodile farm in another province tracked the 21-foot crocodile and finally caught the giant reptile in a creek in the town of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur province. Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said it took them three weeks to plan, track, and finally capture the crocodile, which villagers said attacked a water buffalo last month. The crocodile is also suspected of attacking a fisherman who has been missing since July.

Elorde said they took on the dangerous endeavor of hunting down the crocodile for the safety and peace of mind of the people. “We were nervous but it’s our duty to deal with a threat to the villagers,” he told the Associated Press.

The crocodile weighed an estimated 2,370 pounds and is considered the largest to be caught in the country in recent years. Elorde said the crocodile will become the center of attraction of a proposed ecotourism park to be constructed in the town.