Sunday, September 11, 2011

Animal rights set wants huge PH crocodile free from captivity

  • A worldwide animal rights group is calling on Philippine government official to let go a imprisoned giant crocodile to its usual habitat in the distant swampland of Southern Philippines.The huge crocodile, said to be the main captive saltwater crocodile in the world, was capture by inhabitants of a remote town in Southern Philippines last September 3.
  • The monster crocodile deliberate 21' (6.4) meters and weight around 2, 370 pounds. The crocodile is a suspect of killing a male resident and a 12-year-old girl who was attacked in 2009.
  • The suspected killer crocodile is now restricted in a pond after hours of demanding interaction with residents who brought the rare catch to a tenable place.
  • Restricted officials are setting up to use the healthy giant crocodile as a tourist attraction because of its record-breaking size. The captive crocodile is reportedly "bigger than the previous largest captive saltwater crocodile, which the Guinness World Records website lists as a 5.48-metre (18-foot) male that lives at an Australian nature park." AFP/Yahoo reports.Ashley Fruno, of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals said "the reptile was better off being returned to the wild, away from human settlements."

  • "(The government) should do the compassionate thing and order this crocodile to be returned to his natural habitat, as taking him away to be locked up in an animal prison is just plain wrong," she wrote to AFP.
  • But Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde of Bunawan said the crocodile, which they named "Lolong" poses great danger to the people living in the nearby swampland. He said the crococodile attacked and killed a Buffalo last month and a fisherman who is still missing.
  • "We were nervous but it's our duty to deal with a threat to the villagers," Elorde told The Associated Press by telephone. "When I finally stood before it, I couldn't believe my eyes."
  • Meanwhile another crocodile reportedly bigger than "Lolong" is being hunted by residents of Bunawan swampland who fear the roaming killer crocodile could caused injury or death to unsuspecting residents.

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