‘Lolong,’ the world’s largest crocodile in captivity, died at around 8pm on Sunday. There’s no immediate details as to what caused Lolong’s death but Agusan del Sur Mayor Edwin Elorde confirmed Lolong was found dead inside his pen.
Dr. Alexander Collantes, animal doctor at Davao Crocodile park said, “the croc did not eat his usual meal on late last month. Experts will still investigate the cause of death but the animal’s left stomach ballooned,” she said.
Lolong was named after Ernesto “Lolong” Goloran Cañete, one of the veteran crocodile hunters from the Palawan Crocodile and Wildlife Reservation Center who led the hunt last year. He died of a heart attack a few days before the crocodile was snared and captured.
The 50-year-old male crocodile captured in a Bunawan, Agusan del Sur province in the Philippines measured 6.2 meters (20 feet and 3 inches).
Photo AFP: A worker puts ice blocks on the remains of the 6.17 metre long saltwater crocodile named ‘Lolong,’ on February 11, 2013.