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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lolong, The Biggest Crocodile in the World

 I wonder how Lolong, the 21 ft. and three inch long crocodile (from snout to tail as measured by a rep from National Geographic), is feeling. Lolong is bigger than Cassius the Croc of Australia, whom the Guinness World Records listed as the largest in the world at 17 ft. and 11 inches in 2008.

Here's a video of how Lolong was captured:





I wonder how Lolong feels to be such a big croc. Did that make him feel powerful and superior in the marsh where he was discovered in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur? Or was he just lonely.

Size matters. Consider Big Bird in Sesame Street – an oversized baby who was just learning the world, but who had nurture and support from neighbors. Or Gulliver and the Lilliputians. Okay, those are fictional characters. But we do know that in the world of the deep, and even among wildlife on earth, size matters.

Lolong became known to the townfolk in Bunawan because of his size. He ate a lot of carabaos, which are of primary importance to poor farmers. And a farmer who is missing, and a 12-year-old girl, long disappeared, are believed to have been victims of Lolong’s huge appetite.

When a team of hunters, local government officials and residents finally captured Lolong the giant croc, he fought fiercely. He tore his ropes twice and it took 100 men to drag him out of the marsh. Lolong became the “cover boy croc” of all the local dailies, with photos of him tied up and attached to a sturdy wooden wagon contraption.
People gathered around him for the photo op, one man standing in the middle of Lolong’s back, daringly leaning on the tethered croc and spreading his arms from side to side to illustrate how large Lolong is. 



I wonder, if at that moment, Lolong shed crocodile tears.

Currently Lolong is being kept in a crocodile eco-park that was built specially for him, in Barangay Consuelo, Bunawan in Agusan del Sur. It is open to the public and has generated quite a sum of money for Lolong’s upkeep from interested visitors.

National Geographic has recommended to the Guinness Book of World Records that Lolong be listed as the largest crocodile in captivity. Lolong can’t be returned to the marsh that was his home, because it is too close to a sizeable, impoverished human population.

There are considerations of making Lolong an ambassador for crocodile care and preservation in the Philippines. So in this way, Lolong will have a purpose in helping people to appreciate the importance of preserving this endangered species. Including the biggest and rarest ones, like Lolong the giant croc.

[Note: Some two years after his capture, our dear Lolong passed away. I will be writing a blog about what happened after he was captured, up to his unfortunate death.]



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14 comments:

Keith Andrea said...

.,ever since we heard about Lolong, we wanted to see him in person so we can see how big is he...I think I need to be brave in order to see..

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Finn said...

So interesting! Great post, I enjoyed reading about the croc!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Wow, Lolong is one BIG boy. Thanks for the interesting post.

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Dreaming said...

I'm glad they didn't kill him. He must have lived a long life. He's HUGE!

Amber DaWeenie said...

That is one big hunk of croc! And here I worry about our Florida alligators wandering around.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OMD OMD..I had not seen or heard anything about this... WOW

I wonder how old he is... ???

euthymic said...

Dear Keith,

It would be perfectly safe for you to see Lolong today. He lives in a nice park and hundreds have come to view this phenomenon that is Lolong. You might also enjoy visiting the Philippines here. Everything is cheap, and vacations are more fun in the Philippines:)

Finn and the OP Pack, thank you for your kind words:)

Dreaming, Lolong is 50 years old. I'm glad they didn't kill him, too. He is an official senior citizen croc, hahahahahah.

Amber da Weenie, yes, it is fortunate for the world that crocs like Lolong are the exception rather than the rule. They are so fast and powerful!

Frankie Furter and Ernie, Lolong is 50 years old. He is very interesting, don't you think?

TexWisGirl said...

wow. how interesting. i hope his new home is a good one. and glad the villagers will be safe from his jaws.

Phil said...

Incredible animal with such a good story to it. I'm pleased that he is still alve - much better teaching people about the natural world than destroting it.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I think he did cry crocodile tears!
wow- this is amazing!
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tweedles

Nancy Claeys said...

Rather sad to see him all trussed up like a turkey -- I hope he is happy in his new home.

Monisima's Life in the Philippines said...

Hi Tex Wise Girl, yes, he has a nice home now and has been visited by so many people:)

Phil -- totally agree, I'm glad in the Philippines we are becoming so environment conscious and see the importance of crocs like Lolong.

Tweedles, lol! Ya, I also believe he cried crocodile tears then...

Nancy -- yes, it is sad to see him tied up. He must have really been afraid. But he has a nice home now:)

♥ Sallie said...

Looks like some kind of alien!

Hugs,

Jovell said...

thank you for featuring Lolong! he made the Philippines proud :)