Philippines Crocodile Sets Guinness Record
One-ton 'Lolong' enters the books as biggest in captivity
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 2, 2012 1:17 AM CDT
One-ton Lolong shows off what makes him so scary.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Other nations may be shedding crocodile tears today: The Philippines has officially set the record for having the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity. Ginormous "Lolong," captured last year, weighs in at more than a ton and measures 20.24 feet long, according to the Guinness World Records. Lolong was trapped in the southern farming town of Bunawan after he became the prime suspect in the death of a child and the disappearance of a farmer, notes AP.

Now the snapper is the star attraction of a new ecotourism park, attracting thousands of curious tourists and some $72,000 of their cash. Locals are proud of Lolong ... and a tad nervous, because they fear other giant crocs lay in wait for them. Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde, who was involved in Lolong's capture, said he saw an even larger croc escape that night.

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