Lolong, the biggest saltwater crocodile ever recorded in history, died last night.
The 21-foot monster died on its pen in Bunawan, Agusan Del Sur province Sunday night. Lolong refused to eat his usual meals since late last month, according to Mayor Edwin Elorde, who once claimed that the giant croc will be turned “from a threat to an asset” when it was caught back in September, 2011.
"He refused to eat since last month and we noticed a change on the color of his feces,” Mayor Elorde tells the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “Our personnel also noticed an unusual ballooning of the reptile’s belly.” Local officials also claim the typhoon that hit Agusan Del Sur last December took a toll on the crocodile’s behavior.
Villagers and veteran hunters spent three weeks in September 2011 to catch the enormous reptile, which was being blamed for the disappearance of a man and a 12-year old girl. Due to its Guinness record-breaking size, Lolong became a tourist attraction for the town of Bunawan, bringing in about P20,000 worth of gate receipts per day at the Consuelo Village local resort.