MANILA, Philippines (Global News) - After capturing a crocodile, a ton, which is the largest could be caught alive in the world, said officials Tuesday they were hunting for a bigger animal, in the cracks of a remote southern Philippines can hide.
The Crocodile -. with a weight of £ 2370 (1075 kg) and estimated at least 50 years - is the largest to be caught alive in the Philippines in recent years. Wildlife officials were trying to confirm whether it was the biggest catch of its kind in the world, said Theresa Lim Mundita protected areas of the government and the Bureau of Wildlife.
Guinness World Records lists a saltwater crocodile in Australia caught, as the largest crocodile in captivity, the size of 17 feet 11.75 inches (5.48 meters). Saltwater crocodiles can be over 100 years old and reach 23 feet (7 meters). Relieved villagers Bunawan threw a fiesta for the inclusion of the crocodile, which had to be pulled by a rope of about 100 people from the river to a clearing, where a crane lifted them to a party truck.
"He was like a party, as the villagers turn up", said Mayor Edwin Cox Elordi said. Ronnie Sumiller Wildlife officials, who drove "nuisance crocodiles" for 20 years and led the team behind the intake Bunawan said a search is underway for a crocodile, and it may, the villagers roaming marsh were on the verge of farming village. "There is a bigger, and it could be one of the problems of creating" Sumiller The Associated Press by telephone from Bunawan about 515 miles (830 kilometers) south of Manila.
"The villagers said 10 percent of their anxiety about the first shot was gone," said Sumiller. "But there's another 90 percent worry about. " Supports of five fighters he has trained the village, has 20 traps Sumiller steel cable with an animal carcass as bait along the creek, where the first crocodile was captured and wide in a swamp in the vicinity.
Sumiller said he found no human remains when the crocodile caught induced vomiting.
He said he was summoned by officials Bunawan two years after a huge crocodile attacked and ate a child from a capsized boat in the swamp. The crocodile was not found at that time. Elordi said he plans to capture the crocodile, "the biggest star" in an eco-tourism park to be built to play to fears increase awareness of the villagers and tourists the opportunity critical role of reptiles in the ecosystem.
Philippines laws strictly prohibit the killing of civilians in danger of crocodiles, with violations up to 12 years in prison and a fine of 1 million pesos ($ 24,000).
freshwater variety of the world's most endangered Crocodylus mindor ensis is only in the Philippines, where only about 250 known, are found in the wild.
Scattered Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said the giant crocodile was captured because he was a danger to the community, but added that reptiles a reminder that the country is rich habitats need to be constantly protected.
crocodiles from poachers in the country, in the hope that is of the strong demand in rich countries in Asia for their skin, which sought to benefit from the products hunted vanity cases, mobile phone pouch. (This version corrects the spelling of wildlife officials are Sumiller Sumilier)