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Tuesday 16 September 2014

One tonne killer crocodile is caught by officials in Uganda 'after eating a man'

Heather Saul

Published 03/04/2014 | 23:40

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This picture taken on March 31, 2014 shows residents of the Kakira village, in the Jinja District of eastern Uganda, gathering to look at a crocodile after it was captured by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) staff.

A giant, one-tonne crocodile has been caught by Ugandan villagers, after allegedly eating man and maiming several others in a village.

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The reptile was captured by the Uganda Wildlife Authority after a four-day hunt along the shores of Lake Victoria, in Kakira village.

The crocodile, believed to be approximately 80-years-old, was trapped by officials using meat on a hook and transported out of the village on a truck while more than 100 residents watching.

“Residents appealed to UWA to hunt the crocodile following the death of a resident from Kakira town council in Jinja district,” a UWA official told The New Vision Ugandan daily.

The reptile's presence proved problematic for local fisherman, who became too scared to approach the lake until it was caught.

The crocodile has since been transferred to the Murchison Falls National Park. At 1,000 kg, it weighs just 75 kg less than Lolong, the world's largest crocodile, who died last year.

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