Friday, November 11, 2011

Confirmed! Lolong is the World's Longest Croc

BREAKING NEWS: Guiness Book of World Record declared Lolong as the largest crocodile in captivity. Read more about this news here.

The people of Bunawan had finally received the good news. Lolong is now considered as the longest saltwater crocodile in the whole world. He dethroned the Australian crocodile, Cassius, from the top 1 of the “longest crocodile” list.

The confirmation was made last week when the Australian zoologist and croc expert Dr. Adam Britton measured Lolong inside his pen in the town of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. Dr. Britton lead the team from National Geographic that are shooting a documentary about Lolong.

The measurement of Lolong is 21 feet and one inch, while Cassius measures just 18 feet long. Lolong weighs 1,075 kilograms according to Dr. Britton.

Lolong was captured last September after it was suspected that a crocodile ate a fisherman and a schoolgirl. The saltwater crocodile was named after Ernesto “Lolong” CoƱate, who died before his the saltwater crocodile was captured in the Agusan Marsh.
Lolong the giant buwaya (crocodile).
Lolong as he was captured last September.

Lolong to be Published in Guinness

The National Geographic team will send their official measurements to the Guinness Book of World records. However, Lolong has to wait for six months before he can be published in Guinness. That is the Guinness rules according to Britton.

The mayor of Bunawan is expecting that Lolong’s publication in Guinness Book of World Records will boost the tourism industry in the municipality. According to the mayor, Lolong already earned around 500 million pesos from donations and entrance and parking fees at the Bunawan Eco-Park and Research Center.


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