One-Ton Crocodile Nabbed

21-foot male to be star of Philippines ecotourism park
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 6, 2011 4:19 AM CDT
A Philippine National Police officer stands next to a giant saltwater crocodile captured in the Philippines.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A gigantic saltwater crocodile as heavy as a Volkswagen Beetle has been captured by residents of a Philippine village. They plan to make the monster the star of a new local ecotourism park. The 21-foot, one-ton male was nabbed in a creek and could be the largest croc captured in several years. He probably won't have to be fed immediately because he recently feasted on a water buffalo he brought down on shore. "We were nervous but it's our duty to deal with a threat to the villagers," said the mayor. "When I finally stood before it, I couldn't believe my eyes." Hunters are now on the lookout for a crocodile believed to be even bigger, reports AP.

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