Massive 17-foot crocodile rescued from canal in Sri Lanka

By Daniel Uria   |   Nov. 9, 2016 at 2:40 PM

MATARA, Sri Lanka, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Villagers and wildlife officials in Sri Lanka helped rescue a massive 17-foot crocodile that had become stuck in a canal.

The crocodile had become stuck in a canal leading out of the Nilwala river, and was hoisted out and captured in Matura, Sri Lanka, according to the BBC.

Local media said the crocodile weighed about a ton and had become stuck in the canal while searching for food when heavy rains caused the water to rise, NBC News reported.

Police worked with local villagers to hoist the giant crocodile and released it back into the river without injury.

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