But shed no crocodile tears for this colossal captive.
"Lolong," as it has been nicknamed, is about to become the star attraction of an ecotourism park - unless it is upstaged by an even larger reptile that may still be on the loose.
Residents of Bunawan township celebrated when they captured the croc, with about 100 people pulling the feared beast from a creek by rope, then hoisting it by crane onto a truck. While the beast was safely tied up, they examined its teeth, claws and stubby legs with fascination.
Image: This handout from the Bunawan Vice Mayor Sylvia Elorde talem on September 3, 2011 shows an unidentified wildlife hunter subdueing a giant 6.4-metre (21-foot), 1,075-kilogramme (2,370-pound) saltwater crocodile in the town of Bunawan. (Photo credit: AFP)