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Giant crocodile picture: saltwater crocodile Lolong captured in the Philippines

Lolong was captured in the Philippines in September 2011.

Photograph from European Pressphoto Agency

Christine Dell'Amore

National Geographic News

Published February 11, 2013

Lolong is the largest crocodile in captivity no longer.

The 20.24-foot-long (6.17-meter-long) saltwater crocodile died recently at his home in the Bunawan Eco-Park and Research Centre in the Philippines' Bunawan township (map), according to news reports.

In July, Guinness World Records named the behemoth, which was captured alive in September 2011, the largest crocodile in captivity. (See pictures of Lolong's capture.)

The previous captive record-holder was a 17.97-foot-long (5.48-meter-long) Australian-caught saltwater crocodile.

The cause of death is unknown, although a post-mortem may reveal more details, CNN reported.

Biggest Crocodile Boosted Conservation

The giant reptile's death is a loss to crocodile conservation in the country, Philippines' Environment Secretary Ramon Pajeto told CNN affiliate ABS-CBN News.

Indeed, the 2,370-pound (1,075-kilogram) Lolong may have inspired people in the Philippines to "perhaps respect crocodiles a little bit more,"Adam Britton, senior partner of the Australia-based crocodilian research and consulting group Big Gecko, wrote on his blog in June 2012. (See pictures of alligators and crocodiles.)

For instance, in 2011 Philippine Senate introduced a resolution to strengthen laws protecting the saltwater crocodile and the Philippine crocodile, a species deemed critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Lolong will still loom large even after death, however—Paje told ABS-CNN that the reptile will be stuffed and mounted.

23 comments
Michael Catalla
Michael Catalla

Its totally irresponsible to accuse those people of killing Lolong, maybe you were right they might have caused it, but even that would be a presumption, Youve said he's prob'lly 50+ that alone tells you those people have respect for these giants by leaving them alone for more than 50 years; Infact though only rumors they  have sighting of a bigger salty and you could just imagine how old it is,only  until somebody died and they have no answers and merely trying to find one that they decided to capture these crock. I mean when a surfer somewhere else gets attacked by a great white dont they sometime kill three of those to look for the culprit, yet we dont tell them crap

Corey Bryant
Corey Bryant

They killed it with all of the crap they were letting people throw to it.  They were never meant to eat like that.  No wonder he was found bloated and belly up.  Poor thing. 

waine simpson
waine simpson

The reason they caught Lolong was because he was killing people, including a young girl on her way home from school.   That croc is just lucky they chose to catch him and "cruelly" impression him.   Forgive me, but anything that literally bites a little girl's head off should be killed... animal or human.    I love animals, but protecting and avenging innocent human life always comes first. 

Taty Anna
Taty Anna

wow check out the pic that croc looks miserable that is cruel that croc belongs in the wild not captured STOP ANIMAL CRUELITY

Gerard Vincent Casanova
Gerard Vincent Casanova

Lolong should have lived a lot longer. They (whoever is responsible) should have invested in a much larger space for Lolong. So large, that the croc will not even know that he is in captivity.

Wassim Bazzi
Wassim Bazzi

Animals that big should never be in captivity, It got that big being free. 

Elizabeth Chandler
Elizabeth Chandler

@waine simpson  How would you like it if Mother Nature had the idea to avenge all the animals humans have killed? Animals kill in order to survive, whereas humans are the only creature on this planet that believe they are above the laws of evolution.

Corey Bryant
Corey Bryant

@waine simpson Are you crazy or just with CNN, making the news up as you go?  This alligator was NEVER, and I repeat NEVER, EVER associated with anyone's death.  A Government employee died of a HEART ATTACK while helping to transport him.  They flushed it's stomach and found NOTHING.  It's just a big crock they they caught and called a maneater.  They put it in a pool with nasty waster and expected it to live.  Not to mention the crap that they tossed to that poor thing.  You sir, are just yapping for nadda and frankly I take offence to it when you sit there and say you love animals...if so then why would you make this up? 

In fact, funny thing is, if you Google "alligator kills school girl" all you see is stories about people killing crocs.  Soooo yeah YOU MADE IT UP.  Throw your keyboard away, you are allowed read only access to these forums from now on.  =P

Corey Bryant
Corey Bryant

@Taty Anna THANK YOU!!!!  It's in a pool of nasty water and they expected it to live.  Frankly, I hate crocs, but that crap is just horrible.  Then you have morons like the one above who yapps about school girls being eaten by this thing and it's been clearly stated by hundreds of people that this croc never killed anyone that they know of yet he relates it to a specific death.  They only drug it back to put it on display and make money.  I'm honestly glad it died that quickly and didn't have to suffer for that long. 

michael k.
michael k.

@Taty Anna Animal Cruelty, what a retard..we never relocate animals or take them in when they cant go back into the wild do we? Lets put you in Lolongs mouth...since he's unhappy and miserable. We should sacrifice you to The Great Lolong..It will please the Great Lolong and put you out of your misery at the same time.

Missy C.
Missy C.

@Hans Parel He was estimated to be 50 years old, but no one really knows for sure. He was captured in 2011 and died 2/10/13

johnny american
johnny american

@Elizabeth Chandler @waine simpson -   Laws of evolution????? Did a billboard with those rules evolve too for man to read?  If you believe in evolution, then man is just another animal that evolved from the primordial slime as all the others did. If that is the case, then he is following his instincts, same as the others. Elephant seals squash and kill baby seals just crawling around in their herds. Many male adult animals kill male offspring of their mate from another male. Orca’s toss seals and penguins around cruelly like beach balls. Chimps have wars with other groups and kill and maim their enemies. If you believe man was created by God, or maybe was created by DNA manipulated by aliens, then he may have laws to obey. If he is just another animal, then whatever he does, is part of nature as well, no different than the wolf, bear, or rabbit. Oh, and I hate animal cruelty, and do all I can to fight it.  And I did not evolve from a lower life form. 

Lauren Aguilar
Lauren Aguilar

you do realize there is a difference between crocodiles and alligators? This may be a contributor to the confusion when you do "searches" on google.

Corey Bryant
Corey Bryant

@michael k. Then they should have put it out of it's misery and not drug it back to put it on display.  You're the retard for viewing the world so backwards.

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