A world-record 21-foot-long saltwater crocodile, named Lolong, is being held in a penned pond in the Philippines on charges of eating human. He could receive a life sentence as a tourist attraction, but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling for the massive reptile to be released.
The record-setting reptile was caught on Sept. 3 in a remote creek on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao after a three-week croc-hunt.
The 2,370-pound croc was suspected of eating a local man in July in the southern town of Bunawan. The croc may also have bitten the head off a 12-year-old girl in 2009.
"We were very nervous about tackling this beast, but it was our duty to deal with it because it was a threat to many villagers and their farm animals," said the local mayor, Edwin Elorde, in an article in the Daily Mail.
"When I finally saw it after its capture, I couldn't believe my eyes," said Elorde. "It was big enough to swallow three men all at once."
The plan is to make the crocodile the main attraction at a new eco-tourism park in Agusan, Mindanao.