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Giant crocodile captured alive in Philippines

Bunawan Vice Mayor Sylvia Elorde via AFP - Getty Images

An unidentified wildlife hunter subdues a giant 6.4-metre (21-foot), 1,075-kilogramme (2,370-pound) saltwater crocodile in the town of Bunawan, The Phillipines, on Sept. 3. The crocodile is suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl in 2009 as well as livestock and a farmer who went missing in July 2011.


Mayor Cox Elorde of Bunawan township in the southern Phillipines' Agusan del Sur Province, pretends to measure a huge crocodile which was captured by residents and crocodile farm staff along a creek in Bunawan. Elorde said Monday that dozens of villagers and experts ensnared the 21-foot 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.

"We were nervous but it's our duty to deal with a threat to the villagers," local mayor Cox Elorde told the AP. "When I finally stood before it, I couldn't believe my eyes." Read the full story.