Australia monster crocodile caught after eight-year hunt

12 Juillet, 2018, 03:28 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • The captured crocodile was tightly bound to the cart. Its eyes were covered and mouth muzzled

The largest crocodile ever captured in the region was a 20-ft. -long croc, nabbed in 1974.

The captured crocodile was tightly bound to the cart.

Rangers caught the crocodile Monday after setting a trap on a private property near Katherine, a town in Northern Territory, Australia.

Authorities in Australia have caught a saltwater crocodile measuring nearly 5 meters (16.4 ft), one of the biggest on record, to stop it from reaching a populated area, the Department of Tourism said on Tuesday.

The croc has been relocated to a local crocodile farm.

"It is a bit of a thrill", wildlife ranger John Burke told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, "but you've also got to admire the size of the animal and how old it is".

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The largest crocodile caught in a "trap" was more than 16 feet (4.8 metres), and the largest one "harpooned" by rangers was also more than 16 feet (4.8 metres), it states.

The robust male croc joins the ranks of 190 other crocodiles that have already been captured and moved from populated areas in the Northern Territory this year. This has sent them farther upstream into freshwater areas.

"That sort of croc, in my opinion, is the most unsafe to people", Webb said.

"It's worrying, but it's good that they've got an active program and they've got active traps", Webb said. "This is the biggest saltwater crocodile..."

The croc has been trucked to a crocodile farm outside Kathrine where it's likely to become a tourist attraction.

A near 5-metre crocodile that was captured in Taylor's Park in the Northern Territory, Australia is seen in this undated image obtained July 10, 2018.

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