News & Opinion | July 11, 2018 9:57 am

Australian Park Rangers Finally Catch Notorious 1,300-Pound Crocodile

The authorities' hunt for the massive reptile began eight years ago.

Crocodiles are frequent in Austrlia, like this one, Rocky the Crocodile who lives at Wild Life Sydney Zoo. (James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
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Nearly a decade ago, authorities in Australia began hunting a massive crocodile, and on Monday, they finally caught it in a trap on a private property near Katherine, a town in the Northern Territory. The crocodile is said to be one of the largest trapped in the region, which is not far from the Nitmiluk and Kakadu National Parks. Measuring more than 15 feet long, and weighing more than 1,300 pounds, the crocodile is estimated to be about 60 years old.

The crocodile was trapped and removed to “help prevent human interaction in the more populated areas,” said the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife in a Facebook post. The post also attached a photo showing the crocodile tied down on a trailer with duct tape around its jaw. The caption warned: “Large crocodiles can move around Top End waterways undetected and you should always Be Crocwise.”

The prodigious reptile was taken to live on a crocodile farm outside the town.