Giant crocodile captured alive in Philippines

One tonne beast will become star of a new eco-tourism park (with video)

LAST UPDATED AT 13:13 ON Tue 6 Sep 2011

A giant crocodile weighing one tonne and measuring 21 feet in length has been caught alive by villagers in a remote part of the Philippines.

The saltwater croc has been terrorising the inhabitants of Bunawan township. It killed a water buffalo last month and is suspected of attacking a fisherman back in July. After a three-week hunt and four destroyed traps, hunters finally caught the enormous beast this week.

Cameras filmed the huge croc – believed to be one of the largest caught alive in recent years – bound in ropes and being carried into a clearing by around 100 locals. It is hoped the crocodile will become the star of a new eco-tourism park which is planned for the area. · 

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