Tuesday, September 6, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, Mayor Cox Elorde of Bunawan township, Agusan del Sur Province, pretends to measure a huge crocodile which was captured by residents and crocodile farm staff along a creek in Bunawan late Saturday in southern Philippines. Elorde said Monday that dozens of villagers and experts ensnared the 21-foot (6.4-meter) male crocodile along a creek in his township after a three-week hunt. It was one of the largest crocodiles to be captured alive in the Philippines in recent years. (AP Photo)
MANILA, Philippines -- What a croc!
Its mighty snout wrapped tightly with ropes, a one-ton, 20-foot saltwater crocodile was captured and put on display in a town in the southern Philippines -- one of the biggest such reptiles to be caught in recent years.
But shed no crocodile tears for this colossal captive.
"Lolong," as it has been nicknamed, is about to become the star attraction of an ecotourism park -- unless it is upstaged by an even larger reptile that may be still be on the loose.
Residents of Bunawan township celebrated when they captured the croc, with about 100 people pulling the feared beast from a creek by rope, then hoisting it by crane onto a truck. While the beast was safely tied up, they examined its teeth, claws and stubby legs with fascination.
Their party may have been premature, however.
After the 20-foot reptile was caught over the weekend, authorities said Tuesday an even bigger crocodile may still be lurking in creeks of the remote region in Agusan del Sur province.
The scaly skinned Lolong -- which tips the scales at 2,370 pounds -- is estimated to be at least 50 years old.