MANILA, Philippines — Lolong, the world’s longest crocodile in captivity, is dead says Dr. Alex Collantes of Davao Crocodile Park in Davao City.
“Lolong died at exactly 8:12 p.m. February 10,” says Dr. Collantes, who rushed to Bunawan town in Agusan Del Sur on Sunday to check the crocodile at the request of its keepers.
The cause of death is still not known but experts have found that its left stomach is ballooned, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur Mayor Elorde says.
Named “Lolong” upon his captivity 2 years ago, the crocodile was an Indo-Pacific or Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) measured at 20 feet 3 inches (6.17 m), making him one of the largest crocodiles ever measured from snout-to-tail.
In November of 2011, Australian crocodile expert Dr. Adam Britton of National Geographic sedated and measured ‘Lolong’ in his enclosure and confirmed ‘Lolong’ as the world’s longest crocodile ever caught and placed in captivity.
Town officials said that experts from the National Geographic Channel found out that Lolong breaks the record of the previous record-holder: a 17 feet 11.75 inches (5.48 m) male saltwater crocodile named “Cassius” kept in the crocodile park of MarineLand Melanesia in Queensland, Australia.
The death of the big crocodile in the Philippines became trendy in the web and captured the headlines of the online breaking news. The hashtag #RIPLolong is on top of the social networking Twitter trend.