A giant 21 foot crocodile was captured alive in the Philippines on Tuesday after wildlife and fisheries officials set up traps near a farm to catch the 1 ton monster.
The huge crocodile is suspected of attacking villagers in Bunawan village in the province of Agusan del Sur.
Residents of the village are confident that this crocodile is responsible for the disappearance of at least one girl in 2010 and may be linked to several other attacks in the area.
The actual capture was not so easy as the crocodile broke free from restraints twice and was very aggressive towards the trappers.
The crocodile will be relocated to a planned ecotourism park where it will live out the rest of its days in peace.
However, with this capture, officials will not rest as they believe there is an even bigger reptile roaming the Creek near the village. Wildlife official Ron Sumilie said a search was under way for a larger beast seen roaming in the town’s marshy outskirts.
“There is a bigger one and it could be the one creating problems,” Sumilier said in a statement.
In the Philippines, strict laws prohibit the killing off the crocodile due to them being endangered. There are only 1,000 of these reptiles in the country. Killing one would result in a sentence maximum of a $24,000 fine and 12 years in prison.
With recent restoration of saltwater crocodile habitat and reduced poaching, it is possible that large 23-foot beasts are alive in the waters today.