Skooter report 07/13/11
It took more than 10 men to heave a salt water crocodile 13.7 foot, weighing about 300 to 400 kilos which had to be tied and blindfolded otherwise it become aggressive when it see humans.
Experts from the Palawan Crocodile Farm and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development caught the saltwater crocodile (scientific name Crocodylus porosus) at 5:00 a.m. on Monday, press report said. The Crocodylus porosus is the world's largest reptile.
Last June, a fisherman named Edwin Lucero went missing in the municipality of Bataraza in Palawan. Residents of the community believe Lucero was devoured by a crocodile.
The said crocodile will be brought to the Palawan Crocodile Farm, where experts will try to induce vomiting to see if the crocodile has human tissues inside its stomach. This will verify if this particular crocodile did eat the missing fisherman.
Four days earlier, members of the Palawan Crocodile Farm and Council for Sustainable Development had set up the trap at Rio Tuba village in Bataraza town. Experts say that after devouring a man in the village, the croc was expected to return to hunt for other food like for instance pig, chickens and even humans. Since local residents destroyed the mangrove area, its natural habitat, the croc may have been forced to leave to look for food or other environs, experts said.
It also said the crocodile is not likely to be returned to Rio Tuba as it is not endangered.
Experts said the crocodile will probably be kept at the farm for breeding, the report said.