Australia

600-kg monster crocodile caught after 8-year-long search

The wildlife officials had tried in vain for years to bag the monster reptile estimated to be 60 years old

The Hush Post: A monster crocodile weighing 600 kilograms (1,328 pounds) was caught in Australia after a search that lasted for eight years.

This saltwater monster crocodile was elusive for last many years and was giving a very tough time to the officials. A report said on Tuesday that the 4.7-metre (15.4-foot) reptile was found in a trap downstream from the northern outback town of Katherine after first being spotted in 2010.

The wildlife officials had tried in vain for years to bag the monster reptile, which is estimated to be 60 years old

The wildlife officials had tried in vain for years to bag the monster reptile, which is estimated to be 60 years old.

The wildlife officials had tried in vain for years to bag the monster reptile, which is estimated to be 60 years old, the report said.

“We’ve called it a lot of things over the years because it’s been so hard to catch. It is a bit of a thrill, but you’ve also got to admire the size of the animal and how old it is. You’ve got to have a bit of respect for it,” John Burke, a senior wildlife officer was quoted by the ABC.

The reptile was taken to a crocodile farm to keep it separate from the local human population, Tracey Duldig, chief of Northern Territory wildlife operations reportedly said.

“He is the biggest crocodile ever removed from the Katherine River by the Wildlife Operations Unit,” Duldig was quoted as saying in the report.

The report said that wildlife officials capture around 250 “problem crocodiles” every year. Saltwater crocodiles are a common feature of Australia’s tropical north and kill an average of two people a year.

The population of crocodiles has exploded since they were declared a protected species in the 1970s, with the killing of an elderly woman last year reigniting calls to curb their numbers, the report said.

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