The town of Bunawan, Philippines, mourns the loss of Lolong, the world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity, which died at the estimated age of over 50 years old. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
Villagers adored the crocodile despite that it was blamed for the deaths of several people, reports Yahoo.com. To them, Lolong was more than just a tourist attraction, it was a friend. More importantly, Lolong represented the biodiversity of the surrounding marsh, which houses countless other unique animals such as the Philippine Hawk Eagle and blah blah blah.
We know what you came here for. How big was the sucker? Lolong held the Guinness World Record of the largest croc in captivity at 20 feet 3 inches, and weighed nearly a ton! Check out this full body shot of Lolong:
So what happens now? Bunawan plans to have the beast preserved and put on display at the local museum for future generations of potential croc food to marvel at. Got to keep those tourists coming in, you know.
– Carlos Delgado, CBS Radio