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GIANT CROCODILE CAUGHT IN THE PHILIPPINES LIKELY JUST BIDING HIS TIME
September 17 2011
Bunawan, Philippines – Nature can do some incredible things, we all see that on a daily basis, but sometimes nature even outdoes herself. That is very much what the people of Bunwan, a small village in the Philippines have on their minds after capturing a 21 foot, one ton crocodile.
The massive animal was captured following a weeks-long effort after the beast had started to feed on cattle, and was implicated in the disappearance of a local villager. Now the croc has been caught and will be put on display at a local zoo, where he will likely bide his time until he can be free again to haunt local waters.
“The community was relieved. We’re not really sure if this is the man-eater, because there have been other sightings of other crocodiles in the area,” local croc hunter Rollie Sumiller told the AP. “There is a bigger one, and it could be creating problems.”
The region is apparently abundant with massive crocodiles, so much so that villagers do not leave their homes at night. Not that that would protect them against a bigger animal.
“Luckily, crocodiles are very solitary beings. They don’t form family units the way mammals tend to do and so it is likely that no one will be missing this particular croc.
In fact, it may actually benefit them in a lot of ways. With one major predator out of the water there will be more to eat,” said Scrape TV Zoology analyst Cambridge Walker. “Unfortunately for the people in the area that means larger crocs, much larger ones. Their growth is really only limited by food supply and habitat, and the more animals they extract the greater the likelihood that an ever bigger croc will appear. They do not stop growing, ever.”
The crocodile is believed to be the largest ever captured alive and locals hope it will become a tourist attraction for the region.
“That could be a serious issue, bringing more people in. Tourists won’t know the dangers in the region and there is a good chance they won’t heed the warnings, meaning a smorgasbord for the massive crocs still in the water. Those animals could grow massive with that new food supply and eventually just take over the town and the whole area,” continued Walker. “It’s possible as well that this particular croc wanted to get caught for exactly this reason. If they have grown this large they may have also developed a kind of understanding between each other. He could have allowed himself to be captured to allow others to feed. They may be giving the crocs exactly what they want.”
The captured animal is apparently adjusting to his new surroundings, a little too well some in the area believe.
“He could just be biding his time and when the time is right, he will strike and strike hard. There’s not much you can do against a 21 foot crocodile, and even less you can do about a couple dozen of them. This could be very bad,” continued Walker. “On the extreme end these crocs could take over this region and eventually start to spread, eventually taking over massive parts of human inhabited land. That is the worst-case scenario to be sure, but it could potentially happen.”
Thus far, there have only been reports of an eerie calm in the waters surrounding the village.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent