World’s largest croc ‘Lolong’ dies

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(UPDATED) Captured in September 2011, the saltwater crocodile measured 20.24 feet and weighed approximately 2,370 pounds

GARGANTUAN. In this photo taken on September 21, 2011, Lolong, a one-tonne (6.4-metre) 21-foot crocodile believed to be the biggest to have ever been caught, is seen in a caged pen in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The world’s largest crocodile in captivity died on Sunday, February 10, in Agusan del Sur province, reports said.

The reptile, known as Lolong, passed away at 8.05 pm, according to Bunawan mayor Edwin Elorde.

A municipal official told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that Lolong was found dead inside his pen by Dr. Alexander Collantes, a veterinarian at Davao Crocodile Park.

The reptile had not been eating his usual meal late last month, and its left stomach “ballooned” but the cause of death has not yet been determined.

Captured in September 2011, the saltwater crocodile measured 20.24 feet and weighed approximately 2,370 pounds.

Lolong was caught after a 3-week hunt involving around 100 people.

The croc, believed to be about 50 years old, was suspected of eating a farmer who went missing in Bunawan, and a 12-year-old girl whose head was discovered in 2009.

Lolong was confirmed by Guinness World Records as the largest crocodile in captivity in June 2012.

The record was expected to boost the town’s tourism.

Here’s what people on Twitter had to say about Lolong’s demise:

Goodbye Lolong

We didn’t really really know him–well not really. He was the world’s largest crocodile in captivity, confirmed by the Guinness World Records in June last year.

Storified by Rappler· Sun, Feb 10 2013 05:45:10

Tweets using the hashtag #SalamatLolong came pouring in immediately. We’ve compiled the best ones here: 
Ang daming pwedeng maunang buwaya, sana sila na lang. #RIPLolongProfessional Heckler
#RIPLolong the light shall carry you to the alligator sky kahit crocs ka. :(Denice Espejo
Gusto ko malungkot sa pagkamatay ni Lolong, kaso natatawa ako. :(((( :))))))) Sorry naman :((( #RIPLolongLizzy
Bakit yung buwayang pinagmamalaki ng Pilipinas ang namatay… bakit yung….. #RIPLolongDennisse Ian
We hear a great croc died tonight. Shoulda visited you when we had the chance. #RIPLolongNever the Strangers
#RipLolong isunod na ang mga Hampaslupang Buwaya sa Gobyerno!Jomtan
#RipLolong isunod na ang mga Hampaslupang Buwaya sa Gobyerno!Senyora Santibañez
Yung eksenang ang pinakamaking buwaya, tigok na. Kelan kaya ang mga buwaya sa kongreso at senado? #RIPLolong #ShutangInaBeksShutangInaBeks ▲

– with reports from Carlos Santamaria/

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