Monstrous Philippines Crocodile Gets Guinness Nod

Posted on July 12, 2012

A huge saltwater crocodile was caught in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, a province in the Philippines. When I say huge, I mean HUGE!

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Named after a government official who died while helping catch it, Lolong measures a whopping 20.24 feet (6.17 meters) and weighs more than a ton. This massive reptile topped the former record of 17 feet and weighing just under a ton.

It took 100 people and a crane to pull the beast out of the creek.

Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said, “There were mixed feelings. We’re really proud because it proves the rich biodiversity of our place, but at the same time there are fears that Lolong may not be alone.”

Lolong is now the main attraction at an ecological park, and has helped the town raise three million pesos (about US$72,000). The money is used mostly for feeding the croc and maintaining the park.

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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje said that Guinness’ recognition will help raise awareness about the biodiversity of the environment and the need to take good care of it.

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