Bunawan hunters of Philippines captured a whopping 1,075-kg, 6.4-meter saltwater crocodile on late Sunday, September 4, 2011 after it killed several water buffaloes and was believed to attack a missing fisherman last month.
The giant reptile damaged up to four traps before villagers replaced them with larger ones connected using steel cables. Furthermore, some 100 people were injured to pull the creature from the water to a clearing, where a crane lifted it into an awaiting truck.
According to Josefina de Leon, wildlife division chief of the environment ministry’s protected areas and wildlife bureau, it has been the biggest crocodile ever to be captured. Another huge crocodile previously caught was 5.48 meter long.
Crocodile hunter Rollie Sumiller estimated that the male was more than 50 years old. He also added: “We’re not really sure if this is the man-eater, because there have been other sightings of other crocodiles in the area.”
A villager is spotted with the 1,075-kg, 6.4-meter saltwater crocodile
The male crocodile has been one of the largest ones to be captured alive in the Philippines in recent years
Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said that villagers were happy as they would be able to transform the dangerous crocodile “from a threat into an asset”. However, they remain worried about some other brutal crocodiles that still inhabit the outskirts of the farming town with estimated 37,000 people. Local residents even avoid venturing into marshy areas alone at night.
The crocodile was believed to kill a 12-year-old girl in 2009 and a farmer, who disappeared in July 2011
Villagers, hunters and officials are watching and posing the 1,075-kg, 6.4-meter male crocodile. It is placed in a fenced cage in an area where the town plans to build an ecotourism park for species found in a vast marshland
Residents use their hands to measure the size of the giant reptile
1,000-kg, 6.4-meter Saltwater Crocodile Caught in Philippines