September 12th, 2011
08:38 AM ET

Activists: Free giant crocodile!

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Activists in the Philippines demanded this weekend that a giant crocodile captured last week be freed. The animal rights activists said the crocodile,which measures 21 feet and weighs 2,370 pounds, should be released back into the wild, reports the Associated Press. The mayor of the town, however, says freeing the crocodile would put the community's safety at risk and should remain in an eco-tourism park.

The male reptile was caught last week after a 21-day hunt in the southern province of Agusan del Sur, Nine MSN reports. Wildlife officers had set traps after residents reported a series of attacks in the area. The operation involved 70 hunters, according to the Guardian.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said that if the saltwater crocodile, nicknamed Lolong, is not freed it will develop abnormal behaviors and could threaten the lives of visitors to the park, AP states.

"It's clear that the promoters of this park are thinking only of their bank balance, without so much as an afterthought for the animal's well-being," said Ashley Fruno of PETA.

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"(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.

The mayor of the township, Edwin Cox Elorde, argues that the crocodile could kill one of the 1,300 residents who fish in the area. He insisted that the crocodile was captured to save both the area's residents and the reptile.

The crocodile is thought to be the largest in captivity.

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  1. NeoSHNIK

    Let this crocodile eat people! Animals are so so cute and these mexicans who captured the crocodile are not!

    September 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  2. Robert

    Sounds to me like this beast needs to be bred, and his offpsring released into the sewers of NYC to eat the 4' rats.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  3. John B

    I say feed it endangered animals until it dies from being too fat. Then have a cookout.

    September 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  4. MShine

    I say eat it.

    September 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  5. Pholony

    The Croc is another Ghadafi and its captivity is essential to save Philippines people. Very unfortunate no ICC to pursue its arrest. Thanks to the NATO-like Philippines who acted swiftly to avert further killing of innocent people. Give it Life imprisonment.

    September 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  6. Pholony

    I think the name lolong should be replaced with Croc-Ghadafi. Simple.

    September 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  7. Wayne Peterson

    Some things to think about concerning this one. First, with the size like that he has the ability to take larger animals (yes, even humans). For those who think that no one can be sure if this if the "right" one, take a look at the trail he left on the shore, it is much wider. Lastly, for every person that thinks putting a killer away is a shame, what do we do with humans who kill others? No one "goes free" when they kill someone else. They even are sentenced to death at times. Some people who contribute have never been near an animal that is capable to taking their life. They see it as a "poor creature". They are wrong and would be "dead" wrong if they made that choice.

    September 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  8. s60tek

    We as humans are top of the food chain, period !! This world is survival of the fittest and as an apparent threat to human lives needs to be dealt with !! So would you PETA members rather him 'suffer' in captivity or be put to death ??

    September 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  9. humans1animals0getoverit

    I AM A HUMAN BEING> but most importantly. I Am an American human being. WHat does thisd mean? IT MEANS I can easilly beat that croc up with my fists. I Am an American and i have conquered the moon. THAt crock is just like the europeans and canadians, it can barely conquer a puddle of water, much less the moon.

    September 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  10. David Witcraft

    PETA could buy the Crocodile from them, I know they can afford it. They could hold another one of those nude supermodel events to fund it. PETA needs to arrange for the transportation of the animal to a place it won't threaten humans.

    September 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  11. Necrofun

    One local Philippine newspaper is reporting that this croc may be the reincarnation of Steve Irwin. They claim the proof lies in the crocs Australian accent, and the fact that the croc can't speak a dime of Tagalog.

    September 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  12. CraigW

    Is PETA planning to kill the crocodile, like they do (by their own admission) with the vast majority of the dogs and cats they "rescue"?

    September 13, 2011 at 12:16 am | Reply
  13. Rachel

    I'm all about animal rights but that thing is just too dammed big to be running around on the loose. He could just take you down boat and all in one little bite. Whats the big deal they're not talking about killing him.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:44 am | Reply
  14. justice4all

    Free him or put him in a wildlife sanctuary with a big lagoon. The poor thing is an historical anomaly. I'm so sick of people who always want to KILL every form of wildlife that happens to be doing what wild animals do.

    September 13, 2011 at 1:45 am | Reply
  15. Pholony

    Amnesty for Croc Ghadafi? No! No way! Kil it or give it Life jail-absolute captivity.PETA, Croc-Ghadafi is on its way to your terittory. Please be professional enough and accept it on humanitarian ground.Turn it to your household pet and let's see who kill it first.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:12 am | Reply
  16. Animalguy

    One thing about opinions, they tend to come from people who have no real idea about what they are talking about. After reading many of these comments I feel like making an attempt at providing some information. To start with, I have been around crocs and gators. That animal is magnificent, however also clearly a dangerous animal to those living in the animal's territory. Now while some of you would say something to the effect of "tough, it's their choice to live there" or something similar, I'll point out that just as easily they could have decided to kill it. If It was me, born in that area, living there, and I had children that needed to use the water sources where that animal hunts, it would be perfectly human to kill that threat to my offspring. Did you know that despite the size of that animal it could hide less than 3' from you in shallow water and take you out before you knew it?

    Make no mistake, a Croc that size eats what it wants. It is an ambush predator and will stay near shore out of sight waiting for a prey animal to come and drink. Human, buffalo, it doesn't matter. At 21' long that animal will take whatever it grabs and drag it back into the water. It is a considerably different fear than dealing with a say , 13' long one.

    Yes, I'm sure somebody is seeing dollar signs with placing that animal in a park. Considering how many would just kill it, they should still be praised for the effort of catching it, removing it, and not killing it. Instead somebody is screaming "put it back in the wild". If that was my village, where I lived, and had kids, and somebody on the other side of the world said 'put it back" I'd have some choice words for them.

    For some dweeb from PETA to protest it, just highlights how they try to force their beliefs on others. Hopefully the animal will do well in it's new surroundings, they are quite resilient when in their natural climate.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:52 am | Reply
    • 4kidsake

      I would kill anything as well if my children were threatened at that moment. But saying it does well in it's natural climate doesn't mean this is it's natural habitat. If they want to keep it then a swamp must be created in the size and length this create needs to survive as though it were free. Then this would be a good study at how lang it can actually live.
      I don't think keeping it for show and tell at a zoo will benefit anyone except the greed of the keepers. I realize the threat but many more still exist in the same area. No one has proven this has killed. Scientist can also put a tracking device on it and warn people to stay out of the area for a month to study it's path. Then maybe they can make a better decision on not only how to educate the public but also how to care for the creature in captivity.

      September 13, 2011 at 8:52 am | Reply
  17. Geoffery

    I think we should let the Dallas Police Department deal with he croc!

    September 13, 2011 at 3:30 am | Reply
  18. Wildone

    If you go where the crocodiles go prepare to be their dinner.

    September 13, 2011 at 7:33 am | Reply
  19. Wildone

    Turn it loose in New York City. Beauty and the Crocodile.

    September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am | Reply
  20. Chris

    I dont think it should be set free....in order to get that size it has to be pretty old. I think we should study it and learn more from it. They are some of the last remaining "dinosaurs" so to speak so a chance to study a giant is one that shouldnt be wasted.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:17 am | Reply
  21. DuluthMN

    I hear they taste like chicken. Start chanting!

    September 13, 2011 at 8:26 am | Reply
  22. 4kidsake

    Gabe you do make a good point. Just because the animal is bigger doesn't mean it's more or less of a threat. I am concerned about the human life of any wild animal. In our part of the world we have black bears and fishers, coyote and other wild animals. I know to keep my children out of areas the animals would be prone to be prevalent. This animal is nt more likley to feed on humans because it's larger. It really doesn't matter what size animal your killed or eaten by. It's educating yourself and your children that keeps you alive.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:36 am | Reply
    • Chae

      Where do you work? In an office or some other designated bear free environment? But what if your job was to gather mushrooms in the forest that's thick with bears? Even with education and common sense, it's an unacceptable risk. You probably won't have as many "bring your kids to work" days if that were the case. People fish for food and income in that part of the world. And they don't do it in 150 ft steel ships with cranes and diesel engines and floodlights. If you're on the water in one of their little canoes and that crocs decides he wants to eat you, you're food.

      And bigger is slower, and slower makes less efficient predator. And in crocs, bigger almost always translates into older and older often translates into medical ailments. That's basically the recipe for maneater. Look it up.

      September 13, 2011 at 9:02 am | Reply
  23. julie

    hey guys

    call AUSTRALIA ZOO THEY ARE THE EXPERTS. EVERYTHING HAS A RIGHT TO LIVE. LET HIM GO HE IS A BIG GORGEOUS CROC. I LOVE HIM. WE ARE TAKING THEIR HABITAT AND IT STINKS. LEAVE HIM ALONE!

    September 13, 2011 at 8:51 am | Reply
    • Chae

      I'm sure they'll let you pet him if you want. Only $5 and legal waiver. You might want to pet him with your off-hand though.

      September 13, 2011 at 8:55 am | Reply
  24. Chae

    Crocodiles after they reach a certain size and age can become too bulky and slow to catch many of their natural prey, and in an inhabited area, can turn to human as food. You have to understand that they are in large part ambush predators that rely on stealth and quick burst. Additionally, crocs in advance age can suffer health issues that can further erode their hunting ability. In many cases where predators turn to human as food supply, the predators were later found to be suffering from health issues. So it was absolutely the right decision to remove this croc from vicinity of people.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:53 am | Reply
  25. Tenacious

    What say them republicans?

    September 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  26. Wildone

    I'd love to have a full set of luggage made out of that bad boy. Hell, you could make 2 full sets!

    September 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  27. Manny

    Did the reporter said "A vietnamese village in the Philippines"? This Crocodile was caught in Agusan Del Sur, Philippoines, nowhere near Vietnam.
    They have a lot more in this town and some are even bigger than the one they caught. Imagine a Croc that eats and swallows a water buffalo. That's big.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  28. Devin Mir

    If every animal problem in every part of the world was solved and every animal was living with full health and happiness, PETA would still find something to complain about. It's not about a principle, it's about keeping the crusade going.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Reply
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