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article imageGiant 13-foot crocodile captured alive in Palawan, Philippines

By Leo Reyes     Jul 11, 2011 in World
A giant crocodile believed to have killed a fisherman in the swamp areas of Palawan in southern Philippines was captured alive near the area where the body parts of the missing fisherman were recovered.
The 13-foot crocodile weighing 770 pounds had to be tied and blindfolded and brought to a place where it will be examined to find out if it was indeed the one that killed the fisherman.
Alex Marcaida, spokesman for the environment council in Palawan said the giant crocodile was captured using a net in the Rio Tuba river near the place where the fisherman's body parts were found.
The crocodile will be induced to vomit to find out if the stomach contains human tissues or signs that would link the crocodile to the killing of the fisherman.
Marcaida said at least three people have been killed in Palawan by crocodiles that thrive in the mangrove areas of the province.
It is possible the crocodiles habitat may have been disturbed by people who set up makeshift houses in the mangrove areas where the crocodile lives.
Crocodile attacks on people have been reported in some parts of the country but more incidents were noted in the mangrove forest of Palawan.
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