Philippine Croc Pronounced ‘World’s Largest In Captivity’ By Guinness

Lolong, a man-eating beast feared by locals, has set a Guinness Book of World Records mark as the world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity. The giant crocodile measures 20.24 feet, weighs more than a ton and was blamed for several deaths before its capture by officials in the southern Philippines town of Bunawan in September, 2011.

And while Lolong has brought some tourist dollars into the small town, its capture has also stirred fears that other giant killer crocs might be lurking in the local waters.

In fact, Bunawan Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde says he spotted an even larger crocodile escape when he and about 100 others combined their efforts to capture Lolong. It took a combination of ropes and cranes to bring in the giant crocodile, which was pursued after a child was killed in 2009 and a fisherman went missing. Lolong was named after an official who died of a heart attack after traveling to Bunawan to assist in the capture.

Since its capture, Lolong has become something of a tourist attraction and is the star of a new ecotourism and research center in the town. And while the park has brought in $72,000 in park fees since Lolong’s debut, most of that money goes to feeding and taking care of the crocodile.

Should the Bunawan government do something to capture the other bigger crocs in the area that pose as threats to the villagers’ lives? Are you interested in seeing Lolong up close?

Source: Yahoo News

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Dozens Killed in Southern Philippines Landslide

A landslide tore through a small-scale gold mining site in the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing at least 25 people and burying dozens more, months after government officials warned miners that the mountain above them was guaranteed to crumble.

The mountainside in Napnapan village in Pantukan township collapsed around 3 a.m., when most residents were asleep, sweeping away about 50 houses, shanties and other buildings, officials said. Aside from those confirmed dead, more than 100 people were believed buried in the rubble, Compostela Valley provincial Gov. Arturo Uy said.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje said he had warned residents and local officials last year of a fissure on a ridge of the mountain that geologists said was “highly susceptible” to landslides that could occur anytime.

“We were absolute that it will give in,” he told The Associated Press. “It was a 100 percent warning. We told them it’s just a matter of time. … This is it. This is what happened this morning.”

Thousands of poor Filipinos dig and pan for gold in the area, hoping to strike it rich despite the dangers of largely unregulated mining. The tunnels are often unstable and landslides and accidents are common. Uy, the governor, urged local officials to stop giving small-scale mining permits, now estimated to number about 3,000 all around the watershed.


Source: The Washington Post

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