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Gustave: Burundi’s man-eating crocodile responsible for death of over 300 people

In Burundi, Gustave, a large mal crocodile is associated with sorrow and sadness as it is thought to have killed more than three hundred people from the banks of the Ruzizi River and the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Gustave was named by Patrice Faye, a herpetologist who had been studying and investigating him since the late 1990s.

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A documentary dubbed Capturing the Killer Croc which documented the a culture attempt and study on the crocodile weighing more than 910 kilograms.

A report released in 2002 indicated that Gustave was easily more than 5.5 meters and over 100 years old.

He is also known for three bullet scars on his body and a deep would on his right shoulder blade.

Scientists explained that due to his uncommon size and weight he is unable to hunt usual species such as fish, antelope and zebra, forcing him to attack larger animals such as hippopotamus, large wildebeest and humans.

In the early 2000s, Patrice Faye and other scientists attempted to capture Gustave under the permission of the Burundian government but to no avail.

In the first attempt, a trap cage was developed before the team then located Gustave, installed the trap and baited it by placing a hidden camera inside as well.

Here, several kinds of bait were used, yet none of them attracted Gustave or any other creature.

The scientists then installed three giant snares on strategic banks to increase their chances of capture but captured smaller crocodiles spearing Gustave.

In the last attempt, the team placed a live goat in the cage but nothing happened until one night when the camera failed due to stormy weather.

The following morning, the cage was found partially submerged and the goat disappeared.

In 2019, a writer for Travel Africa Magazine did an article indicating that Gustave had been killed.

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It still remains unknown how he was killed or by whom, nor did it give any information on how it was done.

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