21-Foot Crocodile Was Finally Caught After Causing Years of Fear

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In the Philippines, it took over 100 men to catch one crocodile back in September of 2011. According to them, the monstrous creature was responsible for eating one fisherman.

Prior to the three-week hunt, the residents of a village in Agusan del Sur lived in fear for over 20 years. Thankfully, the massive creature was finally captured. Measuring about 21 feet, it was tagged as the largest crocodile in the Philippines. Its close rival is named Cassius, an Australian saltwater crocodile that measures around 18 feet but is still on the loose.

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The crocodile’s domain was a poverty-stricken area, somewhere near a river system in Agusan province. And although it was considered a serious threat to villagers, nobody was brave enough to catch it.

When a village fisherman went missing, the people became suspicious. They pointed to the crocodile as the primary suspect, so they hatched a plan to catch it.

At first, the villagers observed the place. After they witnessed the giant creature devouring a water buffalo, they knew their suspicions were right.

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After it was captured, locals began to gather around the crocodile. They named it Lolong.

In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, a Philippine National Police officer stands next  a giant  saltwater crocodile which was captured by residents and crocodile farm staff along a creek in Bunawan township, Agusan Del Sur province in southern Philippines late Saturday. Mayor Cox Elorde of Bunawan said that dozens of villagers and experts ensnared the 21-foot (6.4-meter) male crocodile along a creek in his township after a three-week hunt. It was one of the largest crocodiles to be captured alive in the Philippines in recent years. (AP Photo)

 

 

“We were very nervous about tackling this beast, but it was our duty to deal with it because it was a threat to many villagers and their farm animals,” Mr. Edwin Elorde, the town’s mayor, said.

He added, “When I finally saw it after its capture, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was big enough to swallow three men all at once.”

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To capture it, the villagers first put up four net traps. Sad to say, the crocodile easily destroyed it using its jaws. So during their second attempt, the villagers used traps made of steel cables. This time, they were sure the dangerous animal won’t get away.

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In order to pull out the giant reptile, the force of at least 100 men were needed. They had difficulties with it as it tried to escape, but they managed to lift it up with a crane and put it on the back of a truck.

Despite the rumors about the suspected death of the fisherman, the crocodile seemed to have another path destined for him, not confined in the four corners of a cage and not back in the wild.

The crocodile became the star of an eco-tourism park that that was built in Agusan del Sur. Mr. Elorde said, “The villagers, of course, are very happy that they have been able to turn this dangerous crocodile from a threat into an asset.”

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On February 10, 2013, Lolong died. Even so, he was still certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest crocodile in captivity.

Watch these videos of Lolong:


 

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