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Eight-Year Hunt Leads To Capture Of 1,300-Pound Crocodile

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A 1,300-pound saltwater crocodile has been captured after an eight-year-long search.

Rangers captured the massive croc in Katherine, a town in northern Australia on Monday after setting a trap.

The 15-foot-long crocodile is the size of a small vehicle and is estimated to be about 60 years old.

It looks like Australia continues to pump out creatures that were made for killing anything in sight!

“It is a bit of a thrill,” wildlife ranger John Burke says, “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.”

“These crocodiles are transferred to crocodile farms or destroyed,” according to nt.gov.au. “Trapped crocodiles can’t be relocated to their natural habitat due to costs and because they can travel large distances to return to their home range.”

If this monster croc wasn’t terrifying enough, there are an estimated 100,000 saltwater crocodiles in Australia’s Northern Territory. On average, they can live up to 70 years, reach 17 feet long and weigh 1,000 pounds.

So there’s basically a potential army of crocs this size in Australia — we’ll avoid getting in any water if we ever make it over that way!

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