Sunday, July 01, 2012

Another World Record.... Crocodile Captured

Image from the Associated Press 2011
September 2011.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records the largest crocodile was captured in the Philippines and measures 20.24 feet long beating the old record of 17 feet from Australia.
The croc, weighing over a ton, was blamed for many deaths.  Lolong, as the croc was named, now lives in a ecotourism park and research center in Bunawan where visitors can see the large creature. Proceeds from the entrance fees to the park help pay for his food and care.
Lolong was captured after a child was killed in 2009 and fisherman disappeared.
For three weeks the hunt was on and finally 100 people pulled Lolong from a creek using a rope!
But, don't let your guard down.  During Lolong's capture, villagers saw a larger croc escape.
Fisherman and villagers are wary.

Crocodiles live in the tropics in Africa, Asia, Australia and North and South America.  Crocs live in freshwater, such as rivers, swamps, lakes and wetlands.
While crocs are protected in many parts of the world, they are also farmed for their hides and meat.
The American crocodile lives on the southern coasts of Mexico as far south as Peru and Venezuela.  It also lives in river systems in Cuba, Jamaica and Trinidad.  The only place the croc is found in the USA is in coastal southern Florida, with a population around 2,000.
American crocs in Florida coexist with the American alligator and live in the Florida Keys, Everglades, Biscayne Bay and south of Miami.
And despite this, no reported cases of American crocs attacking humans have been reported!  They tend to stick to fish, turtles, crabs, small mammals and frogs.

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