Australian rangers capture massive crocodile after 8-year search

  • Australian rangers capture massive crocodile after 8-year search

Australian rangers capture massive crocodile after 8-year search

While you are at the office answering emails, Australia's Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife rangers are out there wrangling crocodiles as part of their day job.

NT Parks and Wildlife wrote on Facebook the reptile was removed "to help prevent human interaction in the more populated areas".

The croc has been taken to a crocodile farm in the Katherine region.

"We've called it a lot of things over the years because it's been so hard to catch", senior wildlife officer John Burke told broadcaster ABC.

In this Monday, July 9, 2018, photo provided by the Northern Territory Department of Tourism and Culture, a large crocodile is bound on a trailer after it was captured near Katherine, Australia.

"But you've also got to admire the size of the animal and how old it is".

In May, rangers saw three crocodiles while surveying the land, according to the Katherine Times.

"He is the biggest crocodile ever removed from the Katherine River by the Wildlife Operations Unit", Duldig said in a statement.

The robust male croc joins the ranks of 190 other crocodiles that have already been captured and moved from populated areas in the Northern Territory this year.

A 15-foot, 1,300-pound saltwater croc was captured in Australia.

The largest crocodile caught in a "trap" was more than 16 feet (4.8 metres), and the largest one "harpooned" by rangers was also more than 16 feet (4.8 metres), it states.

Saltwater crocodiles, affectionately referred to as salties, can be spotted throughout the Northern Territory.

The croc has been trucked to a crocodile farm outside Kathrine where it's likely to become a tourist attraction.