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Lolong dead: Guinness World Records’ world’s largest crocodile in captivity dies

By on Feb 11, 2013 in Animals, Asia Comments

Manila, PhilippinesLolong, Guinness World Records’ world’s largest crocodile in captivity, is dead. Dr. Alex Collantes of the Davao Crocodile Park in Davao City confirmed the bad news to Bunawan, Agusan del Sur Mayor Edwin Elorde, who announced it to local media.

Crocodile Lolong

Crocodile Lolong, the world’s largest crocodile
in captivity by Guinness World Records


As noted in local news on Sunday, February 10, 2013, Lolong died at around 8:12 p.m. Sunday night at the Bunawan Ecopark and Wildlife Reservation Center, where the famous Philippine giant crocodile is being kept. Dr. Collantes was requested to check Lolong earlier that day, and the cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, Mayor Edwin Elorde was quoted at GMA News saying that Lolong started to act irregularly shortly after Typhoon Pablo devastated parts of Visayas and Mindanao two months ago. He added that officials of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) will perform a necropsy on the popular reptile.

As reported earlier, Lolong was captured on September 3, 2011 in Bunawan through the joint efforts of the local government unit (LGU), residents, and crocodile hunters of Palawan. That time, the giant crocodile was measured to be 6.4 meters (21 feet) long and weighs about 1,075 kilos (2,370 pounds).

The name Lolong was given to the giant crocodile to honor local crocodile hunter Ernesto “Lolong” Goloran Cañete, who died of a heart attack while searching for the reptile, days before it was captured. Crocodile Lolong was estimated to be at least 50 years old, and was a suspect of eating a farmer in Bunawan.

Soon after, Lolong became famous around the world, and local officials allowed the public to see him after getting an approval from the Palawan Wildlife and Conservation Center. In November 2011, Dr. Adam Britton, an Australian zoologist and crocodile expert, measured Lolong at 6.2 meters (20.3 feet) long.

In June 2012, Guinness World Records declared Lolong as the world’s largest crocodile in captivity, breaking the record of a male saltwater crocodile named Cassius of MarineLand Melanesia in Queensland, Australia, with an official record of 17 feet 11.75 inches (5.48 m).

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