Enormous 16.4-Foot Saltwater Crocodile Captured in Australia

An enormous crocodile that had long eluded authorities in Australia’s northern outback has finally been captured, officials said Tuesday.

Rangers found the 16.4-foot giant in a trap downstream from the Northern Territory town of Katherine — almost 10 years after it was first spotted in the region.

Weighing up to 1,322 pounds, it’s the biggest saltwater croc ever to be removed from the remote Katherine River area.

“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 public broadcaster ABC.

“It is a bit of a thrill, 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.”

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SOURCE: Deutsche Welle