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Old 09-05-2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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Villagers and veteran hunters have captured a one-ton saltwater crocodile which they plan to make the star of a planned ecotourism park in a southern Philippine town, an official said Monday.Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said dozens of villagers and experts ensnared the 21-foot (6.4-meter) male crocodile along a creek in Bunawan township in Agusan del Sur province after a three-week hunt. It could be one of the largest crocodiles to be captured alive in recent years, he said, quoting local crocodile experts.
Elorde said the crocodile killed a water buffalo in an attack witnessed by villagers last month and was also suspected of having attacked a fisherman who went missing in July.
He said he sought the help of experts at a crocodile farm in western Palawan province.
"We were nervous but it's our duty to deal with a threat to the villagers," Elorde told The Associated Press by telephone. "When I finally stood before it, I couldn't believe my eyes."
After initial sightings at a creek, the hunters set four traps, which the crocodile destroyed. They then used sturdier traps using steel cables, one of which finally caught the enormous reptile late Saturday, he said.
About 100 people had to pull the crocodile, which weighs about 2,370 pounds (1,075 kilograms), from the creek to a clearing where a crane lifted it into a truck, he said.
The crocodile 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 (830 kilometers) southeast of Manila, Elorde said.
"It will be the biggest star of the park," Elorde said, adding that villagers were happy that they would be able to turn the dangerous crocodile "from a threat into an asset."
Despite the catch, villagers remain wary because several crocodiles still roam the outskirts of the farming town of about 37,000 people.
They have been told to avoid venturing into marshy areas alone at night, Elorde said. (quote from the page)
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:23 PM   #2
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Holy crap!! Its cool that they didnt kill it. Theres no telling how big it will get now that it doesnt have to hunt for food.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:53 AM   #3
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dang...
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:18 AM   #4
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Now that's a river monster!
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:48 AM   #5
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Wonder what the "Swamp People" would think of that one? "Jacob, we gunna need a biga boat."
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OMG, 1,075 kilograms............he can easily eat 5 people.

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OMG, 1,075 kilograms............he can easily eat 5 people.

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Probably already has. Sea-r-cy
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The news this morning said the villagers thought there was still a bigger one in the same area...
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Huh really?
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:09 PM   #10
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Holy crap!! Its cool that they didnt kill it. Theres no telling how big it will get now that it doesnt have to hunt for food.
Are they going to feed it it's regular diet of water buffalo and local fishermen?
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