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article imageCaptive giant crocodile still refuses to eat after 17 days

By Leo Reyes     Sep 20, 2011 in Environment
The 2,370-pound crocodile captured by residents of nearby Agusan marsh in Southern Philippines and said to be the largest captive saltwater crocodile in the world still refuses to eat after 17 days in captivity.
The monster crocodile was captured by residents of areas near the Agusan marsh after some residents were attacked by the crocodile.
Animal experts say the giant crocodile (named Lolong by residents) could still be under stress after struggling with the captors who brought the critically-endangered reptile to a safe area of the town.
Crocodiles don't eat regularly and a big one like "Lolong" can survive more than a year without eating if they had a good meal according to animal experts.
A big pond was constructed to house Lolong and the town Mayor opened an eco-park where the crocodile is now the main tourist attraction.
To see Lolong at the eco-park children should pay P10.00 and adults will have to pay P20.00 (about US$0.50 cents).
The Mayor said thousands of tourists have visited the park to see Lolong since the eco-park opened last Saturday.
But animal rights activists say Lolong should be set free out in his habitat but residents are opposing the return of Lolong to the swampland because of the danger it poses to the residents.
Lolong was initially measured 21 feet long while the current record for the largest crocodile in captivity is about 18 feet.
Representatives of National Geographic and the Guiness Book of Records are scheduled to arrive in the Philippines to validate the measurements of the giant reptile and to determine if it is indeed the world's biggest saltwater crocodile in captivity.
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