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King Kong: Monster 21-Foot, One-Ton Crocodile Captured In The Philippines; To Become 'Biggest Star' Of Eco-Tourism Park

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MANILLA, Philippines -- Philippine villagers and veteran hunters have captured a massive 21-foot, one-ton crocodile in Barangay Nueva Era, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur Saturday night. The beast is said to be one of the largest ever captured alive in the country.

The female crocodile was snared after a three week hunt, which the monster was implicated in attacks on villagers and water buffalo. After initial sightings at a creek, hunters set four traps, which the crocodile promptly destroyed. They then used sturdier traps using steel cables, one of which finally caught the enormous reptile late Saturday.

The entrapment was led by Mayor Edwin Elorde, who said the reptile would turn "from a threat into an asset". There are plans to put it on display in a planned ecotourism park.

In the meantime, the staff of Philippine Crocodile-Manila is currently checking on the animal, which was temporarily placed in a pen.

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in alabama they caught 23 ft gastor as well in 2008...the police killed 2006 21 foot alligator was also found in 2006... in 1845 (wikepedia) 23 foot gator was also found in the philippines and in calcutta ....and they were also killed by the hunters...if we keep this giant alligator what should be the food everyday for this gator? he he must be old and is too weak to find food in the wild...that is why he goes to neighborhood to find easy catch foods which is humans...pease thing for humankind needs for safety a lot of people needs help in philippines...they need food hopefully the gator attraction will support the daily feeding of this giant is so risky to keep this tail can ruin walls for sure...and can freely go around the neighborhood of philippines as lika a monster eating humans in case it escape ....
   comment# 1   - teresa · philippines · Sep 5, 2011 @ 6:42pm

Teresa you're confused - alligators are much smaller than crocodiles and are an entirely different family. Never has a 23ft alligator been caught - only salt water crocodiles grow to this length with the occasional rare exception of nile crocodiles. And there's certainly no danger of it breaking through walls and walking down the street eating people.
   comment# 2   - brad · london · Sep 6, 2011 @ 5:44am

Very nice catch... I am glad to see there are still few "monsters" left in this World nowadays. Now I want to see a a giant false gharial or Central African crocodile caught, they seem to grow as large as Salties, but get less attention...
   comment# 3   - Eric · France · Sep 6, 2011 @ 3:41pm

you are lucky your going to be a star hhhhhhhhuuuuuuuuggggggggeeeeeeeee crocadile
   comment# 4   - jenny · jaxsonville florida · Sep 7, 2011 @ 2:36pm

23ft is the so called record for a croc but there are some huge gators off the florida coast.He needs much room or the villagers are in for another rude awakening, hell he's already rogue
   comment# 5   - anthony · jacksonville · Sep 8, 2011 @ 6:14am

Crocodile comment on human beings .... soft on the outside and crunchy in the middle. The Far Side (Yum)
   comment# 6   - Mike · Cocoa, FL - USA · Sep 10, 2011 @ 11:04am

@ Brad Teresa never said anything about crocodiles and she never said one was caught and kept in captivity before she said it was killed by huntero or police
   comment# 7   - unknown · usa · Sep 13, 2011 @ 10:41am

In a awhile, chances are that croc will end up dying o heart disease or stress or it's refusal to eat. While releasing it is out of the question, there has to be a better enclosure built for it where it can at least swim around, say, a small patch of land in the center, with a circular styled pool. Crocodiles need to swim to regulate themselves. It's going to get sick real soon, just lying around in one spot. Swimming in the wild all it's life, and now confined to a small "pool", makes absolutely no sense. Someone needs to post this to NGC and the Crocodile Specialist Group.
   comment# 8   - al · India · Sep 20, 2011 @ 10:25pm

if we truly want to care the wild animals we should free it and let them live in there habitants
   comment# 9   - joe · philippines · Sep 25, 2011 @ 8:26pm

that is a awsome croc that was caught.
   comment# 10   - justin ferrell · tatum texas · Jan 3, 2012 @ 10:41am

FYI. it's lolong and not kingkong. it's the largest crocodile in the world. the philippines is home to numerous varieties of crocodile (crocos congressmenesis). while the true crocodile stops eating when already full. But this rare crocodile variety only found in the philippines does not stop eating. For inquiry please visit their website at
   comment# 11   - mina mata · manila, philippines · Mar 6, 2012 @ 12:01am
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