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The World’s Largest Crocodile Is Dead

Posted 2/11/2013 7:00 am by

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In 2011, villagers from a tiny town in the Philippines captured a 20.24-foot saltwater crocodile that has been believed to have been killing water buffalo and even people.  That giant beast took 100 people to drag it from a creek to the shore, where it was captured and took to a local aquarium where it has become a star attraction for the town and the holder of the Guinness World Record for largest crocodile in captivity.  Well, apparently captivity didn’t agree with Lolong the giant crocodile, because the creature died mysteriously last night.

“I’m really depressed,” admitted Edwin Cox Elorde, the mayor of Bunawan in Agusan del Sur province, where the crocodile was captured.  “I’ve come to love that crocodile.  It had brought fame to our town and the Philippines.”  He said that the town was going to have the crocodile preserved, adding, “I’d like them to see the crocodile that broke a world record and put our town on the map.”

Lolong was believed to be 50 years old.  Park officials and vets tried their best to revive the creature, but were unsuccessful at bringing the beast back to life.  The creature was found with a bloated stomach in its cage.

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