"Longlong" is the newest attraction of the Crocodile Park Manila in Pasay City. Photo by Dennis Datu, dzMM
MANILA (UPDATED) - The Crocodile Park Manila in Pasay City has unveiled its newest attraction: "Longlong," a robotic replica of the world's largest crocodile in captivity, "Lolong."
Longlong, which was conceptualized and formed by Davao local artists Juvy Bangut and Jessie Suerte, was paraded along EDSA Taft Avenue and Magallanes on Saturday.
Having the same size as the male crocodile Lolong, Longlong caught the eye of several bystanders, who initially thought it was real and alive.
Longlong also did not go unnoticed by personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) stationed along the road.
According to Crocodile Park personnel Sergs Acquiatan, Longlong is made of fiber glass and rubber with steel used for its framing.
A person pedals inside it to make it crawl, open its mouth, and move its head.
"Longlong" is named after "Lolong," the world's largest crocodile in captivity. Photo by Dennis Datu, dzMM
Lolong, the male crocodile that gained fame for making it to the Guinness World Records, died of pneumonia and cardiac arrest February 10 last year in his pen at the Bunawan Eco-Park and Research Center in Agusan del Sur.
Lolong was measured at 6.17 meters (20.24 feet). -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM