VIDEO: Villagers rescue one of the largest crocodiles you’ll ever see

SRI LANKA (NBC News) — Sri Lankan Wildlife Department Officials rescued one of the largest crocodiles ever seen island on the island Monday after it got stuck in a canal looking for food.

Local media said the crocodile found in the southern city of Matara was believed to be close to a ton in weight and 17 feet long.

The reptile was found stuck in a canal leading to the Nilawala River, which flows across the district. Local media reported the crocodile was searching for food after water levels rose due to heavy rain.

Local police and villagers worked together to send the crocodile back to where it came from without any injury to the reptile. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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