February 12, 2013
Largest Crocodile in Captivity Dies
By Chad Love
You may recall a blog post from a couple years back about a small village in the Philippines pinning its economic hopes on building a theme park around the world's largest crocodile in captivity.
Well, it's back to the drawing board for the villagers, and off to the taxidermist for the croc...
From this AP story on Yahoo news:
A remote southern Philippine town has gone into mourning over the death of the world's largest saltwater crocodile in captivity, even though it was blamed for the deaths of several villagers. Bunawan town plans to preserve the remains of the 1-ton crocodile, named Lolong, in a museum to keep tourists coming and stop the community from slipping back into obscurity, the mayor said Monday. Lolong was declared dead Sunday after being found floating on its back with a bloated stomach in a pond in an ecotourism park which had begun to draw tourists, revenue and development because of the immense reptile, Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said.