The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed "Lolong", a saltwater crocodile found in southern Philippines, the largest captive living crocodile in the world.
The giant crocodile was captured in September last year in Agusan marsh after months of search by local residents following a reported disappearance of a village fisherman and a teenage girl. Residents of the of the swampland village believed they were attacked by the giant crocodile.
Initially, local authorities measured the the crocodile at 21' (6.4) meters and weight around 2, 370 pounds. Later, experts from Guinness confirmed the measurement at 6.17 m (20.24 ft) long and weight of 1075 kg (2370 lbs).
According to Guinness, "Lolong" is reported to be "healthy and in very good body condition following the regulatory three month monitoring period having exceeded whilst living in captivity."
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.
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. Read more
According to Welinda Asis Elorde, of Bunawan town media office, Lolong is doing well and is regularly fed with beef, pork and poultry.
He's doing well. I think he has already adapted to his new environment," Elorde told AFP by telephone.
Lolong continues to attract tourists and local visitors who wish to see the world's largest crocodile in captivity.