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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Buaya Terbesar Di Tangkap

PAOLO TORCHIO berjaya merakamkan gambar seekor buaya sepanjang 6.4 meter membaham seekor antelop di sebatang sungai di Taman Negara Maasai Mara di Kenya.

TAMAN NEGARA MAASAI MARA, Kenya - Seekor buaya gergasi sepanjang 6.4 meter membaham seekor antelop seberat 136 kilogram di sini, lapor sebuah akhbar kelmarin.

Aksi buaya itu membaham haiwan tersebut sempat dirakamkan oleh jurugambar terkenal, Paolo Torchio dari Itali di sebatang sungai di sini.

Menurut Torchio, kejadian tersebut menyebabkan seseorang itu berfikir bahawa betapa kecilnya diri kita dalam dunia haiwan.

Sungai itu dipenuhi dengan bangkai haiwan yang mati semasa ia cuba untuk berhijrah dari Tanzania ke Kenya.

Dua minggu lalu, sekumpulan penduduk di bandar Bunawan, Filipina berjaya menangkap seekor buaya sepanjang 6.1 meter hidup-hidup.

Buaya itu kini ditempatkan di sebuah kurungan dan ia dipercayai buaya paling besar pernah ditangkap hidup-hidup di dunia. - Agensi

In this photo taken on September 4, villagers examine the 21-foot (6.4 m) saltwater crocodile caught in the town of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur province on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Animal rights group PETA has urged the Philippines to free what is thought to be the world's largest crocodile in captivity, even though it allegedly killed two people.

An animal rights group urged the Philippines to free what is thought to be the world's largest crocodile in captivity, even though it allegedly killed two people.

The monster 21-foot (6.4-metre) male saltwater crocodile was placed in a penned pond after it was caught in a remote southern creek on September 3, with officials planning to use it as a tourist attraction once it adapts to its cage.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals senior Asia-Pacific campaigner Ashley Fruno on Saturday said that despite suspicion it is a man-eater, the reptile was better off being returned to the wild, away from human settlements.

"(The government) should do the compassionate thing and order this crocodile to be returned to his natural habitat, as taking him away to be locked up in an animal prison is just plain wrong," she wrote to AFP.

Penned animals are prone to psychotic behaviour and its immense size and power could prove dangerous to visitors and those caring for it, she warned.

"While even those zoos with the best intentions can never replicate the natural environment of animals, how do they expect to come remotely close with a crocodile roughly two or three times the size of a regular adult?"

The 1,075-kilogramme (2,370-pound) beast is suspected of eating a local man who went missing in July in the southern town of Bunawan, and of killing a 12-year-old girl whose head was bitten off in 2009.

Rollie Sumiller, who led the team that trapped the animal, earlier told AFP removing from the wild a huge reptile suspected of attacking humans was the correct thing to do.

He could not be reached for comment Saturday.

The Philippine specimen is bigger than the previous largest captive saltwater crocodile, which the Guinness World Records website lists as a 5.48-metre (18-foot) male that lives at an Australian nature park.

Press reports say the former had not eaten anything for a week.

In the wild the species is known to survive without food for months after a meal.

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