In news from the Philippines, the world's largest saltwater crocodile has died. The crocodile died while in captivity, according to a report from early Monday morning (Feb. 11). The extremely large animal measured in at 20.24 feet in length and was reported to weigh more than a ton. Recently the Guinness World Records had stated it was the largest crocodile in captivity, beating out the previous record-holder by more than three feet of length.
At this time, the cause of death is not known, but a veterinarian and local authorities are going to look into it. Though this particular crocodile has a violent past that included several deadly attacks on the local population in 2011, the local villagers had apparently grown very attached to it. That led to a lot of tears when the bad news started spreading around on Sunday (Feb. 10). They even rushed in a veterinarian from a far-of village to try to save it.
To put the size of this 50-year-old crocodile in perspective, it reportedly took about 100 people to pull it from the creek when it was originally captured. The capture had brought an end to an extensive search and capture of the animal after a child was allegedly killed by the animal. Now, Lolong, the world's largest crocodile in captivity has died.
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