World's Largest Crocodile Dies

TAGUM CITY— Lolong, the world’s biggest reptile in captivity, is dead. The 20.4-foot (6.12-meter) saltwater crocodile died at its pen in Consuelo village, Bunawan town, Agusan del Sur province, around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to Mayor Edwin Elorde, reports Lolong had refused to eat since late January. Captured in the Agusan Marsh on Sept. 3, 2011, Lolong is believed to have eaten a man, who went missing in July, and bitten off the head of a 12-year-old girl in 2009. Since its capture and subsequent measurement and confirmation of international crocodile experts that Lolong was the planet’s largest in captivity, Bunawan town has become a tourism draw, with revenues running in the millions of pesos.