Philippine town claims world’s largest croc title

A small Philippine town on Wednesday laid claim to having the world’s largest captive crocodile after an Australian expert measured the saltwater beast at more than six metres.

The male reptile was captured in Bunawan in the Agusan marsh on the southern island of Mindanao in September and measured at 6.2 metres (20 feet and four inches) by Australian zoologist Adam Britton, Bunawan town council member Apollo Canoy said.

“We are happy to announce that we have the biggest crocodile in the whole world,” Canoy told AFP in a telephone interview.

He said Britton, who could not be reached for comment, was the same expert who in 2008 measured 5.48-metre Cassius, an Australian saltwater crocodile that is listed by Guinness World Records as the largest in captivity.

The Philippine crocodile was captured by professional hunters after a three-week hunt following a spate of attacks that killed two marshland residents and several farm animals.

However, no trace of the human victims have been found in its gut.

Canoy said the captive crocodile has become the main tourist attraction in the remote town of 27,000 people, drawing an average of 500 visitors a day

 

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