Monster crocodile gets own park in Philippines

Sep 18, 2011
Philippine villagers examine the giant crocodile after its capture on September 4. A monster crocodile which is reputedly the world's largest is the star attraction at its own nature park which opened in the Philippines this weekend, weeks after the beast's capture.

A monster crocodile which is reputedly the world's largest is the star attraction at its own nature park which opened in the Philippines this weekend, weeks after the beast's capture.

People are already paying 20 pesos (46 cents) to enter the compound in the town of Bunawan for a look at the 21-foot (6.4-metre) male which is believed to have killed two people.

Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde hopes to have another attraction soon: a reportedly even larger crocodile that was sighted by residents of this largely rural town on the southern island of Mindanao.

"They saw it with their own eyes, It was bigger. Our estimates are that it would be 25 to 30 feet long with body width of around four feet," he told reporters.

The two huge were sighted killing a water buffalo in August. So far, only one has been caught after a two-week long hunt.

In the park, the crocodile, named "Lolong" after a deceased, veteran crocodile hunter, can be seen lying in a fenced-off pond, attracting curious visitors from all over the Philippines.

The proceeds from Lolong's park will be used to pay for the one million pesos in costs from catching the creature, said Elorde.

A pit that was originally excavated for the town's swimming pool was hastily converted into a waterhole for the crocodile.

Another pit is also being dug in the park to hold the second crocodile, Elorde said, adding that the hunt for the creature would start in October.

Guinness World Records last week declared an Australian crocodile measuring just under 5.5 metres as the biggest in captivity, saying it would not measure Lolong until it was in "acceptable captivity."

The 1,075-kilogram (one-ton) Lolong is believed to be behind the deaths of two people although this could not be confirmed, officials said.

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had urged authorities to free the crocodile but Elorde refused, saying it still posed a threat.

Elorde said the waterways of his town were home to many large marine animals including carp and mudfish weighing as much as nine kilograms and snails about 10 centimetres (four inches) in diameter.

"We have giants because we have one of the most undisturbed portions of this marsh, thus these animal species grow freely in the wilds undisturbed by humans," he said.

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1 / 5 (4) Sep 19, 2011
That ain't a croc. That's a freakin Dinosaur!
1 / 5 (4) Sep 19, 2011
we get alligators over 13 feet, weighing over 1000 lbs, all the time around here, in central South Carolina.


the department of natural resources tries to manage them, since they are living in recreational lakes, near homes and cities. I am glad we don't have salt water crocs twice the size of the gators here.

People actually tube down the rivers where you can see the crocs sunning on the shoreline. Crazy. A handful of people get killed every year.
1 / 5 (2) Sep 19, 2011
we get alligators over 13 feet, weighing over 1000 lbs, all the time around here, in central South Carolina.

I think the big difference between the two beasts is aggressiveness and persistence.

American alligators are far less aggressive and persistent once they do attempt an attack.

It takes very little to turn a saltwater croc aggressive, and when attacking it's relentless. It will not be driven off.

If they were dogs, the American alligator would be a Collie meant to be a pet, and a Saltwater croc is a pit bull bred to fight.

That doesn't mean our alligators can't be deadly but it does mean that when comparing the two, the croc is a far more dangerous animal.

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