Australia 'We've never seen one this big': Rangers capture crocodile weighing a whopping 600kg after decade-long hunt - as it's revealed the beast is the same length as a CAR

02:32  10 july  2018
02:32  10 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A decade long hunt to catch the Katherine region’ s biggest crocodile has ended in triumph. NT Parks and Wildlife rangers Chris Heydon and John Burke said it is very unusual to capture a croc this big in the “ We average a 4.2 metre croc most years, but never this big ,” ranger Burke said.

After weeks of stalking, the hunt for Lolong took its toll on Cañete’ s health. He died of a heart attack several days before the crocodile was captured . Yet at the same time, we can’t simply remove all wild animals simply because it makes us feel better, or safer.

a man in a military uniform: NT Parks and Wildlife rangers Chris Heydon and John Burke (pictured with 600kg croc) said the gigantic finding was unusual as they average a 4.2 metre crocodile most years© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited NT Parks and Wildlife rangers Chris Heydon and John Burke (pictured with 600kg croc) said the gigantic finding was unusual as they average a 4.2 metre crocodile most years Wildlife rangers in the Northern Territory have succeeded in capturing a monster 4.71 metre crocodile weighing 600kg that had been lurking near a boat ramp for a decade.

The male, which could be 60 years old, is the biggest ever trapped in the Katherine River in the Northern Territory, and from snout to tail is the same length as an average family car.

a close up of a map: The crocodile was trapped in the Katherine River in the Northern Territory - which is more than 300km inland from Darwin (above)© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The crocodile was trapped in the Katherine River in the Northern Territory - which is more than 300km inland from Darwin (above) 'We average a 4.2 metre croc most years, but never this big,' Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife ranger Chris Heydon told the Katherine Times.

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A decade long hunt to catch the Katherine region’ s biggest crocodile has ended in triumph. A male saltwater croc measuring 4.71 metres long – as long as the average family car – was trapped by rangers today.

A decade long hunt to catch the Katherine region’ s biggest crocodile has ended in triumph. “ We average a 4.2 metre croc most years, but never this big ,” ranger Burke said. “ Capturing more crocs downstream makes it less likely we ’ll find any closer to the Katherine town,” he said.

The rangers said despite the size of crocodile, he was not difficult to catch.

'When they are this big we just sedate them, so there is no chance of us getting chomped,' Mr Heydon said.

The decade long hunt for the 600kg croc (pictured, right) was successful when they trapped it in the Katherine River, about 60km from the centre of Katherine© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The decade long hunt for the 600kg croc (pictured, right) was successful when they trapped it in the Katherine River, about 60km from the centre of Katherine The crocodile is the seventh crocodile to be pulled from the river - including two that were 3.92 metres and 3.97 metres in February and March.

The rangers said the capture of the crocodile was a reminder that even in the dry season, people needed to avoid swimming in streams and rivers where saltwater crocodiles are known to live.

In Katherine, more than 300km inland from Darwin, finding a crocodile almost five metres long is rare.

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