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    Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, Philippines

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    21-foot man-eater croc caught in Southern Philippines


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     bentesiorna shares these photos of the capture of a 21-foot crocodile in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. He says, 'About a hundred men jointly pulled the giant croc out of the water. It was snared in one of the 21 traps laid out for almost three weeks.'

    'It was an adrenaline rush to see such a sight,' he adds.

    Read more about the capture on CNN's This Just In blog.
    - elchueco, CNN iReport producer

    21-foot man-eater croc caught in Southern Philippines

    By Ben O. Tesiorna


    AGUSAN DEL SUR – A 21-foot saltwater crocodile was caught in a trap in the marshland of Bunawan town Saturday evening. The male crocodile reportedly weighed 2,370 pounds (1,075 kilograms) and is three-feet wide and believed to be one of the biggest caught alive in the Philippines.


    The crocodile is suspected to have eaten one fisherman, 52-year old Daniel Austerio, who was reported missing last July. Several water buffalos were also eaten by the said crocodile with one resident having been able to take footage of the said crocodile while devouring the beast of burden.


    After the series of attacks, authorities decided to seek the help of crocodile experts from Palawan who in turn made a three-week hunt before successfully snaring the monster crocodile.


    Crocodile hunters reportedly set a total of 21 traps. Earlier traps were simply destroyed by the crocodile. They then used sturdier traps using steel cables, one of which finally caught the enormous reptile.


    Bunawan Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said it took about 100 people to pull the crocodile out of the Mangasngag creek where it was snared.

    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. The giant croc will be the park’s main attraction once it opens to the public.


    "It will be the biggest star of the park," Elorde said.


    Residents in the area are however still restless as the marshland is said to be home to giant crocodiles. The marshland is inhabited by about 37,000 people.


    In 2009, a child was decapitated after being attacked by a large crocodile in the same area. Residents are advised to relocate to safer areas and not venture into the waters during the night. BOT

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