A massive crocodile caught in the Philippines has been confirmed as the largest in the world.
At a staggering seven meters in length, the enormous reptile was caught after an extensive effort by villagers who had become concerned about their safety when a child was killed by the creature and a fisherman had gone missing. The villagers finally managed to capture it after a three-week hunt using steel traps, it took 100 people to hoist the beast on to the back of a truck.
The crocodile ( nicknamed Lolong ) has since become a star attraction at a new ecotourism park. "We're really proud because it proves the rich biodiversity of our place but at the same time, there are fears that Lolong may not be alone," said town mayor Edwin Cox Elorde. A new team of hunters is currently combing the surrounding area.
"Lolong weighs more than a ton, and has taken the top spot from an Australian crocodile which measured more than five metres, a Guinness World Records spokesman said."
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