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Philippines: Lolong, World’s Largest Crocodile

A 21-foot (6.4-meter) male saltwater crocodile is now under captivity in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur which is located in the eastern part of Mindanao island in the Philippines. The crocodile is said to be the largest living of its kind in the world and is named “Lolong” in honor of the person who captured it.

According to reports, the crocodile will be transferred into an eco-tourism park but animal rights activists are urging the government to release the crocodile into the wilderness. Netizens debate whether it’s right to keep ‘Lolong’ in captivity. Below are some twitter and facebook reactions

@jamelaaisha: I worry for the kind of themed park they will create for the croc in #Agusan. No natural habitat for him to live in freely and safely?

@aaaussy: AWW the giant croc at Agusan has zoochosis aka depression from being in captivity! Hug giant croc! It's World Suicide Prevention Day!

@harold_geronimo: Sometimes I can't understand PETA's cause. It's absurd to ask for d release of the giant croc that can devour five human beings in one meal.

@jeroplane :Not sure if putting that croc in an ecotourism park is a good idea, but I'd be terrified to know that something that big is roaming free

@liberated_jr03 I understand that animals like Lolong should be released back to the wild. However, we don't have an area far from the communities.

@AntonioAEmberda: How long would it take to find another “Lolong” from among those rehabilitated / reforested mining sites?

Love Anover: just a thought!BUWAYANG LOLONG is almost a 100yrs resident of the AGUSAN MARSH w/c is a protected area by the way.NOT EVEN PROVEN yet na SIYA ang pumapatay sa mga tao dun di ba?bakit kailangan siyang palayasin sa KANYANG TAHANAN?

Love Anover just a thought!Crocodile LOLONG is almost a 100yrs resident of the AGUSAN MARSH w/c is a protected area by the way.NOT EVEN PROVEN that IT killed a person, right? Why should it be thrown out of its HOME?

'Lolong' crocodile photo has gone viral online

Since crocodiles are often associated with corrupt politicians, it seems inevitable for many netizens to compare ‘Lolong’ with controversial Filipino politicians

@kingdjlogan: Big Croc in Agusan del Sur Phils is currently the largest in Captivity. The bigger one from Pampanga was just released from the hospital. (author’s note: Pampanga is the home province of former President Gloria Arroyo who is currently facing several plunder charges. She was recently discharged from the hospital after undergoing an operation.)

@tonyocruz: Tandaan: Maraming mas malalaking buwaya sa pamahalaan.

@tonyocruz: Remember: There are bigger crocodiles in government

@jocereisma: Crocodile captured. FG in the hospital. Congressman punched a security guard. hanuva yan, puro na lang BUWAYA ang balita ngayon!

@jocereisma: Crocodile captured. FG in the hospital. Congressman punched a security guard. What’s happening, the news stories are all about CROCODILES! (author’s note: FG is First Gentleman referring to the husband of former President Arroyo)

@RAndRat: Giant croc is “stressed” and needs “time to heal”… Sounds suspiciously like the Arroyos…

@adeltamano: World's biggest crocodile caught in Agusan del Sur. Traditional Politicians are advised to be careful when traveling in that region.

Jograts Mountaineers: Bakit hndi na lng mga tunay na Buwaya sa Gobyerno ang ikulong. kaya pakawalan si Lolong sa wild.. ;)

Jograts Mountaineers: Why don’t we just capture the real Crocodiles in Government. So release Lolong in the wild.. ;)

Daniel Radcliff Jazmin III: Di ako naniniwala na si Lolong ang biggest crocodile…………..BUTIKI lang siya kumpara sa nakararami sa GOBYERNO!

Daniel Radcliff: Jazmin III I don’t believe that Lolong is the biggest crocodile…………..it’s a LIZARD compared to the crocs in GOVERNMENT!

Below is a youtube video of ‘Lolong’ right after it was captured

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iamtsPypgXQ&feature=player_embedded#!

  • http://www.ripplet.org Tomomi Sasaki

    Whoa. Mong, what are people saying in the video?

  • valgina

    It seems that park is “so fugly”, they should make something better, somewhere it can like swim and all.

  • john R

    mali ung pag huli nila kay lolong dapat after na huli si lolong they should transfer it immedately sa kulunga kasi crital time ung nakatali lang cya at dapat may takip ung mata nya to less the stress down kay lolong. hays. pag nawala yan si lolong its a big lost from us.!

  • Bruns

    Just make bags and steaks

  • http://yahoo marjorie lesama

    advice lang para sa nag aalaga kay lolong,,
    dahil hindi sya kumakain dahil nga na trauma Sya takot sya sa mga tao dahil tingin nya malaki.dahil galing sya sa wild sanay sya na sya ang gumagawa ng way para makakain.anong dapat gawin?dapat lagyan ng mga buhay na hayop like chicken,rat etc..para mabalik ang killer instict nya.at wag lagi linisan ang cage nya dapat kahit once a month lng at wag muna i open sa public hanggang di pa sya tuluyang nagiging ok..:)

  • renan m

    …kayong mga nagsasabi na pakawalan si lolong, bakit hindi nyo subukan tumira doon para naman maramdaman nyo ang takot pagnakawala si lolong..palibhasa nasa city kayo..di nyo man lang inisip ang buhay ng mga tao doon..hahai..
    ang dami na ngang nakakita na kumain ng tao ang buwaya tapos kayo nag iisip ng kung ano-ano…sana kayo na lang ang kinain ng buwaya..

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