Last September, a 20-plus-foot crocodile weighing nearly a ton was captured in Bunawan in Agusan del Sur province in the Philippines. Now Guinness has officially made this croc the new record for the largest of the species kept in captivity.
“There were mixed feelings,” Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said by telephone. “We’re really proud because it proves the rich biodiversity of our place but at the same time, there are fears that Lolong may not be alone.”
The crocodile was responsible for a few deaths, but now it’s giving back to the community. The town has earned 3,000,000 pesos from tourists coming to see the beast. And the town officials are actually hoping to get a permit to catch an even larger croc that has been spotted in the area. –Brian McClintock
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