MANILA (UPDATE2) - An 11-foot saltwater crocodile was captured by a fishermen last Monday in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, local officials said Wednesday.
"Actually, there was already a sighting of a crocodile in one of our piers in Bislig City almost two years ago. But this is the first captured crocodile (in the city), as far as I know," Romulo Garay, the city government's administrator, told ABS-CBN News in a text message.
The local government said the crocodile was captured by fisherman Roque Abrahon Cordova at around 10 p.m. of April 12 in Purok 6, Sitio San Juan in the city's Barangay Pamanlinan.
It was determined to be male, with a width of 21 inches and estimated weight of 250 - 300 kilos, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in Bislig City.
Barangay Pamanlinan is about 11 kilometers away from the city hall of Bislig, a locality in the eastern coast of Mindanao.
Nathaniel Racho, officer-in-charge of DENR-Bislig, said the crocodile was easily captured since it got trapped in a net in a fish pond.
"The crocodile is okay. It was not harmed and was not injured," Racho, speaking in the local language, told ABS-CBN News in a phone interview.
He said the captured reptile was transported Wednesday to the Pag-asa Farms wildlife resource center in Kapalong, Davao del Norte since Bislig City has no facility yet for crocodiles.
The saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) and the Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) are critically endangered crocodile species, according to the DENR.
"Conservation and protection of wildlife species and their habitats is very important for its sustainability and to promote balance and enhance biological diversity," the DENR-Bislig said in a Facebook post.
Surigao del Sur is adjacent to Agusan del Sur province where “Lolong,” a giant saltwater crocodile measuring 6.17 meters or 20.24 feet, was captured in 2011.
Lolong was officially certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “world’s biggest crocodile in captivity" until his death on Feb. 10, 2013.
Saltwater crocodiles have also been captured or sighted in Palawan province.
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