Philippine town mourns largest captive crocodile

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‘Lolong’. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity has died, sending villagers to tears in the backwater southern Philippine town that had started to draw tourists, revenue and development because of the immense reptile.

The crocodile had been blamed for deadly attacks on people before it was captured in 2011 and sent to live at an eco-tourism park that was built to house the giant. The reptile quickly became a star attraction of marshy Bunawan, a far-flung town of 37,000 people in Agusan del Sur province about 515 miles (830 kilometers) southeast of Manila.

The 1-ton crocodile flipped over with a bloated stomach Sunday and the veterinarian declared it dead a few hours later, Bunawan town Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said. It had been estimated at more than 50 years old, Elorde said. Authorities will try to determine the cause of death.

Guinness World Records had proclaimed it the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity last year, measuring the giant at 20.24 feet (6.17 meters). The reptile took the top spot from an Australian crocodile that measured more than 17 feet (5 meters) and weighed nearly a ton.

Veterinarian Alex Collantes said he and park personnel tried to revive the crocodile by immersing it in lukewarm water, adding that unusually cold weather this month may have affected the crocodile. Its death sent its caretaker and some villagers that gathered at the park to tears, he said.

“I’m really depressed,” Elorde said by telephone from Bunawan. “I’ve come to love that crocodile. It had brought fame to our town and the Philippines.”

The crocodile’s capture in September 2011 sparked celebrations in Bunawan, but it also fostered concerns that more giant crocodiles might lurk in a marshland and creek where villagers fish.

The crocodile was captured with steel cable traps during a three-week hunt after a child was killed in 2009 and a fisherman went missing. Water buffalos have also been attacked by crocodiles in the area.

About 100 people led by Elorde pulled the crocodile from a creek using a rope and then hoisted it by crane onto a truck. It was named “Lolong” after a government environmental officer who died from a heart attack after traveling to Bunawan to help capture the beast, Elorde said.

Bunawan town officials built an eco-tourism park to house the crocodile, which had started to draw local and foreign tourists and bring revenue to the laid-back community.

Philippine officials were planning to start constructing a 1.9-kilometer (1.18-mile) road to the park to accommodate the growing number of tourists, but it is unclear if the plan will now push through, Elorde said.

He said he planned to have the crocodile preserved so Bunawan villagers can still marvel at it.

“I’d like them to see the crocodile that broke a world record and put our town on the map,” Elorde said.

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  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Marami pang  malaking Buwaya si LOLONG Mike Arroyo,Gloria Makapal,Juan Onse Enrile,Binay,Estrada ,Corona AND MANY MANY MORE

    • nakatutok

      halata naman masyado na DILAW ka…wala bang BUWAYA sa Liberal Party?? ay oo nga pala, BABOY nga pala meron…Senador na INUTO si PNoy na tumakbong Presidente nung makita ang public sympathy nung mamatay si Cory…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NDH6O6PNTAJ23SNYTA6LSYY47Q Butuan

    NAGLULUKSA SA NGAYON ANG MGA TAGA CONGRESS KASI NAMATAY ANG KASAMA NILANG BUAYA.   

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4QAIR53YIPJLMPSQJZTOJIGBVI Jaz

       Kawawang Lolong, isang walang muwang at natural na buwaya…..ina-associate sa mga politikong asal buwaya.

  • mavtan

    “Philippine town mourns largest captive crocodile”. Are they referring to Mike Arroyo?

  • kidsPorts

    They should capture Lolong’s father. He’ll be bigger, longer and heavier.

  • Trisikad Driver

    philippines? mourn…..haha

  • isidro c. valencia

    Senate and House Representatives mourn, too. 
    They should pass a resolution declaring LOLONG, their fellow, as their official pet.
    Lower the flag in half mast.Miriam to spearhead the eulogy. 
    Sino kaya sa kanila ang pinakamalakas umiyak?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4QAIR53YIPJLMPSQJZTOJIGBVI Jaz

       Insulto naman kay Lolong yan.

  • Bantayanon

    Philippine Crocodile scientific name — Crocodilus gloriae arroyoensis lubaoensis

  • huseng_batute

     Poor creature.

    They shouldn’t have captured it in the first place. 

    • kangsongdaeguk

      and let it feed on residents? how about moving there to live in fear?

      • huseng_batute

         These animals don’t prey on humans on purpose. 

        We are invading its natural habitat.  We are making ourselves available for it to eat.  Humans can adapt   We can live in the most arid desert to the wettest rainforest.  Tayo na lang ang umiwas. You can’t expect the crocodiles to pack-up and leave.

  • Anton_Agaton

    Talagang kailangang magluksa. Pinagkakakitaan kasi ng mga ganid na local official ang kaawaang si Lolong.
     

  • Anton_Agaton

    Ibig sabihin mabait si Lolong kaya kinuha na siya ni Lord! Samantalang ang mga BUWAYA sa Senado at Kongreso mga hindi pa MAMATAY!!!

    • Cool LahgotzMO

       At madagdagan pa ng mga buwaya galing UNA ngayon mayo.

      • kangsongdaeguk

         #KnockOnWood

  • Fulpol

    they just care about the earnings from tourism but neglected the needs of Lolong…

    who is the true cruel crocodile?… Lolong or Bunawan?

  • eirons1043

    Lolong is a salt water crocodile repeat salt water meaning he should have been caged in a natural saltwater area as it is his habitat.  Eh tubig nawasa yata ang ginamit kaya ayun dedbol.   Kailangan pa bang imemorize yan?

  • boybakal

     People mourn and cry on the Death of Lolong….Crocodile Tears.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X3IEV4JIUV4ROPJG4Y32WHDNZQ Robert

    I thnk the cause of Lolong’s death, he was not given a good place to live in, ang babaw ng tubig hindi gaano makakagalaw kasi..Better to if they once to capture the mate, they should in house the croc in the natural habitat but in cage so they can live longer..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4QAIR53YIPJLMPSQJZTOJIGBVI Jaz

     Its death sent its caretaker and some villagers that gathered at the park to tears, he said.
    “I’m really depressed,” Elorde said by telephone from Bunawan. “I’ve come to love that crocodile. It had brought fame to our town and the Philippines.”
    – A polotician shedding crocodile tears over a money-generating crocodile?

  • boybakal

    Lolong ang buwayang ginawang Kotong….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RB77HFWKYPOOSGRUY4BZD6RJ4U Ronald

    another black eye sa pilipinas – stupidity, neglect and greediness killed Lolong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abdul-Rashid/100004367910013 Abdul Rashid

    This mayor Elorde is a nitwit. How can he determine the age of the reptile. Being a mayor he should have protected a larger area where the reptile could have roamed and find favorable temperature for normal environmental conditions.

    Unlike the mayor, he can bloat inside his air conditioned room and continue to live on corruption.

  • Carum Al Dumal

     Sayang! Lolong became a victim of politicians’ pride. Someone dropped the ball here…and all they have to show are crocodile tears.

  • libra25

    He should have been set free to live in his natural habitat and with his fellow species.  Away from the madding crowd.  A captive life is not for crocs.  RIP Lolong. :(

  • justjarred

    dapt kasi nasa wild itong si Lolong e. Ang dapat nakakulong yung mga buwaya sa Senado

  • ddano

    Sana yung mga Buwaya sa GOBIERNO NG PILIPINAS sumunod na rin kay Lolong !

  • Lapu Lapu

    RIP Lolong.
    Real Crocs jailed an innocent Croc. He died being neglected and deprived of his rights and freedom.
    The most dangerous Crocs are very much free and still preying on the helpless pinoys.
    Watch-out : they will be coming to you soon with smile (fake) on their face asking for vote.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2DAZWQGRABQ742P6J6XNTSLGJQ dark matter

      Calling the attention of Guinness. More bigger crocs are on the way.

  • lintangbedol

    his reign as the longest living crocodile was shortlive. maybe the shortest reign. it’s cassius clay again.

  • Rogers Nelson Uy

    di nya kasi natural habitat yang kulungan na yan e, dapat sa senado o congreso inilagay yan e di dapat  masiglang masigla pa yan ngayon.

  • kismaytami

    Nakaka-depressed nga namang mawalan ng kita. Yan kasi, ginawa niyong milking cow si Lolong.

  • bugoybanggers

    Yan ang dapat pag luksaan ng mga mamamayan. Salamat po Pareng Lolong sa mga kinita namin sa pagtatangkilik sa iyo ng mga turista. Malaking tulong ang naiambag ng iyong pag kahayop sa amin. Ngayong wala na si Lolong, marami pa rin tayong ipapalit sa kanya pero ang mahirap dito sa dami ng papalit ay baka kulang pa ang kulungan na dating pinag lobloban ni Lolong. OO nga naman, pwede siguro sa MUNTING LUPA na lang. Tutal ang mga BUWAYA na mga ito ay dapat pahirapan at ibitin ng patiwarik. Pwede rin gawing TARGET PRACTICE. Yun lang napakarami na talaga nila.

  • ever green

    crocodile leather bag at shoes naman ang pagkakakitaan……………..

  • boybakal

    Dapat magdeklara ng holiday sa pagkamatay ni Lolong….National Day of Mourning.
    Seriously, it is really a pity that Lolong died in the hands of man.
    He was a monster but treated as a clown by viewing public.
    He lived for so many years in freedom but died in prison in a short period.
    RIP Lolong…at sa naulila ni Lolong.

  • pilipino

    One big crocodile down. Is GMA the next to go? Just asking…

  • nakatutok

    di naman kailangan maging malungkot…pag dating ng campaign period mas MADAMING BUWAYA ang makikita nyo..mas malalaki pa kay lolong…

  • bantutbtold

    Pwede ba yung family of crocs nalang ang ikulong natin. Pero saan natin pagkakasyahin ang mga political dynasties sa Pilipinas. Masyadong madami at matakaw.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MEGIRFUGZ6NQSAF4JMGHZSIIY4 Joseph

      maiingay mga yun

  • Resbak Squad

    weird lang ano, iniiyakan ng mga tao yung buwaya..

    • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

      luha ng mga buwaya

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MEGIRFUGZ6NQSAF4JMGHZSIIY4 Joseph

      you must be a donkey hole

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    lolong – a lesson in buayahan

    bunawan – husband and wife / mayor and vice mayor
    environment – disappearance of habitats
    park fee – improper depth of pool, so people can easily see
    lolong 2 – sigurado huhuli ng kapalit for park fees

    paano di mamamatay si lolong

    50 years free
    tapos ikukulong mo in 2 feet deep pool
    under the sun
    with no soil

    buayahan lang yan

  • dequis

    sa lahat ng buwaya tanging si lolong lamang ang pinagluluksaan ng buong bayan. kapag mga buwaya sa govierno lalo na dian sa customs sa dpwh sa BIR sa batasan sa senado, pag may buwaya namamatay dian, nagsasaya ang buong bayan.

  • TEAM PNOY

    LOLONG, your suffering is over. Rest in Peace.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    di may dahilan na naman si pandak dadalawin yung kakambal niya!

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    Ang lahat ay may hangganan. Kung hindi man nakakulong si Lolong, mamamatay din ito sooner man or later dahil mauubos din ang kanyang lalamuning mga tao at kalabaw. I preserve na lang sya at wala pang problemang ipakakain sa kanya.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UWXUQZQDNSRTVWMFCUHAYA7OOA John

    Si Glorieta ang ilagay sa kulungan ni lolong siguradong at siguradong maraming turista ang pupunta si mickey mouse ang tourist guide at si Miguel at vicky2 ang taga kolecta ng bayad sa gate di yayaman ang bayan ni flash elorde.

  • boybakal

    Ganyan naman tayo…pag namamatayan, umiiyak, nalulungkot, nagsisisi.
    Samantalang noong buhay si Lolong, ikunulong at pinagtatawanan kasi nga Buwaya.
    Nasa huli ang pagsisisi…di na maibabalik si Lolong.

  • To_Be_Continued

    PDI HEADLINE: “Philippine town mourns largest captive crocodile”

    NEXT DAY HEADLINE: “Philippine taxpayers nationwide craving to skin alive and decapitate 2-legged scot-free crocodiles in key government agencies functioning as crocodile farms”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MEGIRFUGZ6NQSAF4JMGHZSIIY4 Joseph

    Don’t cry people, we still have a few Lolongs left in dry land. 
    Please don’t feed them.  Philippines is overflowing with crocs, pronounce ‘crooks’. 
    Scientific names: Crocodylsenatong  var.: Crocodyltongmen

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