21-foot crocodile captured in Philippines

Sept. 6, 2011 at 1:25 PM

BUNAWAN, Philippines, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Authorities in the Philippines said they've been hunting for crocodiles since a 21-foot croc, apparently the biggest in captivity, was captured.

Searches began in marshes of Agusan del Sur province after the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center announced on Monday the huge saltwater crocodile, weighing 600-pounds, had been caught caught, GMA News reported Tuesday.

The crocodile is believed to be the largest in captivity. Guinness World Records lists the record-holder at 18-feet-long.

Bunawan Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said "entrapment operations" were under way in the marshes to catch more crocs.

Ronald Nuer of the Bunawan Municipal Council said it took 21 days to catch the massive crocodile and it twice escaped traps by chewing through ropes.

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