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World’s largest crocodile dies in Philippines

on February 11, 2013

MANILA, Philippines. The world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity has died in the Philippines,  it is after the 17 months suspected man-eater was hunted down and put on display for tourists, his caretakers said on Monday.

“Lolong”, who measured 6.17 metres (20.24 feet), died on Sunday night from a mystery illness inside his small enclosure in Bunawan, a backwater town in the country’s remote south.

“This is a very, very sad day for us. He had brought fame to our town. We are now thinking of having his remains preserved,” town spokeswoman Welinda Elorde said.

The Guinness Book of World Records last year officially declared Lolong the largest crocodile of its kind in captivity.

It dislodged Cassius, a 5.48-metre crocodile kept in a park on an island off Australia’s Queensland as the previous record holder.

Lolong belonged to the species Crocodylus Porosus, or the Indo-Pacific crocodile, the world’s largest reptile, which experts say can live up to a century.

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