Philippines Villagers Capture Massive Man-Eating Crocodile

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 1:56 am (UTC-5)
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Residents of a village in the southern Philippines are celebrating the capture of a massive saltwater crocodile that has eaten at least one water buffalo and possibly a missing fisherman from the village.

The crocodile, which was captured Saturday, measures 6.1 meters in length and weights 1,075 kilograms. Local authorities believe it is the largest crocodile ever captured alive.

Tatang Auxterio, brother of the missing fisherman, says he believes the giant beast is responsible for his brother's disappearance.

But other giant crocodiles are believed to remain in the swamps of southern Agusan del Sur province, so villagers say they will remain on guard.

Residents of impoverished Bunawan Township say they plan to keep the crocodile as the centerpiece of a planned eco-tourism park, which they hope will boost the village's economic fortunes.