World's largest croc in captivity dies

Posted at Feb 11 2013 10:34 AM | Updated as of Feb 11 2013 06:34 PM

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It was in September 2011 when crocodile Lolong was captured in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.

The saltwater crocodile immediately became the center of attention as it was believed to have eaten a man who went missing and killed a 12-year-old girl.

Authorities estimated Lolong to be about 50 years old.

It was named after the late crocodile hunter, Ernesto "Lolong" Goloran Cañete.

Weighing in at nearly 2,370 pounds and measuring 20.4 feet, Lolong was considered the biggest crocodile in captivity. This was confirmed by the Guinness World Records in July 2012.

Tourism blossomed in Bunawan as many flocked to see the world's biggest crocodile.

But animal rights activists expressed concern over Lolong's treatment.

Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde says Lolong had not been eating these past few months.

The crocodile was declared dead past 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Specialists are still trying to find out what killed Lolong. Officials from the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau will also look into the cause of the death of the giant crocodile.

- ANC Headstart, 11 February 2013