Australia monster croc caught after eight-year hunt

An elusive monster saltwater crocodile weighing 600 kg (1,328 pounds) has finally been caught after an eight-year hunt in Australia, officials said on Tuesday. The 4.7-metre (15.4-foot) beast was found in a trap downstream from the northern outback town of Katherine after first being spotted in 2010. Authorities had tried in vain for years to bag the croc, which is estimated to be 60 years old.

The animal was taken to a crocodile farm to keep it separate from the local human population, said Northern Territory wildlife operations chief Tracey Duldig. “He is the biggest crocodile ever removed from the Katherine River by the Wildlife Operations Unit,” Duldig said in a statement. AFP

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