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Filipino Village Captures 21-Foot World-Record Shattering (Suspected) Killer Croc

...it broke four traps and took 100 people to haul from the water.

In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, a Philippine National Police officer stands next a giant saltwater crocodile which was captured by residents and crocodile farm staff along a creek in Bunawan township, Agusan Del Sur province in southern Philippines late Saturday. Mayor Cox Elorde of Bunawan said that dozens of villagers and experts ensnared the 21-foot (6.4-meter) male crocodile along a creek in his township after a three-week hunt. It was one of the largest crocodiles to be captured alive in the Philippines in recent years. (AP Photo)

Last week, a 21-foot crocodile that weighs more than a ton was captured in the Philippines after being tracked for more than three weeks. With this success, villagers are already on the hunt for a second.

"There is a bigger one, and it could be the one creating problems," wildlife official Ronnie Sumiller told The Associated Press by telephone from Bunawan, about 515 miles (830 kilometers) southeast of Manila.

"The villagers were saying 10 percent of their fear was gone because of the first capture," Sumiller said. "But there is still the other 90 percent to take care of."

The croc caught last week, a kind that villagers witnessed kill a water buffalo and is suspected of killing a fisherman in July, is now being shipped to an ecotourism park. There, Manila Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said it will be the "biggest star of the park." Seems like a light sentence for this killer.

According to CNN, this crocodile blasts the previous world's largest crocodile held in captivity out of the water; it was only 18 feet. Watch CNN's report:

Elorde said the male crocodile was captured along a creek in Bunawan township in Agusan del Sur province after a three-week hunt where it broke four traps and took 100 people to haul from the water. Once out of the water, a crane lifted it into a truck.

"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."

Now, Sumiller, backed by five village hunters he has trained, has set 20 steel cable traps with an animal carcass as bait along the creek where the first crocodile was caught and in a nearby vast marshland.

People in the farming town of about 37,000 people have been told to avoid venturing into marshy areas alone at night, Elorde said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

This story has been updated.

(h/t Business Insider)

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