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   CaliforniaMama  Monday Feb 27 10:14 AM

February 27, 2012 Three Weeks and Twenty-One Feet to Lolong



Meet Lolong. The biggest salt-water crocodile ever captured. It was caught in the Philippines and weighed in at 2,369-pounds (1,075-kilograms) and measured 21-foot-long (6.4-meter-long). They think he's about 50 years old.

According to Wikipedia it took three weeks to hunt down and about 100 people to take it out of the water. He broke out of his ropes twice and was not very happy about being captured. Sounds like they ended up using metal cables to tie him down.

Lolong is suspected of attacking several people and killing two, which is probably why they went after him. Maybe it was just the challenge.

The only way they can prove he commited these acts is to kill him and slice him open to see what is in his tummy. They did induce vomiting, but no human remains came up. I guess it's been a while since he's feasted on human flesh.


More info and pics at National Geographic Daily News.

Wikipedia has some interesting tidbits, too.

A few ore pics on Buzzfeed.



vocalperk  Monday Feb 27 10:27 AM

I can't believe how (lo)long and thick that tail is! Pure muscle. I feel like the crocodile itself is normal size, but the tail is like twice the size it should be.

Also, I know they think he ate two people, but I can't help but think, "Poor guy ... kinda undignified the way they've strapped him down."



Sundae  Monday Feb 27 11:12 AM

Poor baby.
Only doing what a croc was born to do.



Sheldonrs  Monday Feb 27 11:22 AM

I wonder how you induce vomiting in a croc like that. Stick a finger down his throat?

And what happened to the other one? I've been to lots of shoe stores and I know Crocs come in pairs.



Wombat  Tuesday Feb 28 05:39 PM

There's no such thing as croc-infested waters, only human-infested waters.



Wombat  Tuesday Feb 28 05:39 PM

I've seen a 5.5 metre croc up close in the wild, awesome and somewhat scary.



jimhelm  Tuesday Feb 28 06:04 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
I wonder how you induce vomiting in a croc like that. Stick a finger down his throat?
.
maybe finger a stick down his throat?


ZenGum  Tuesday Feb 28 06:47 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wombat View Post
I've seen a 5.5 metre croc up close in the wild, awesome and somewhat scary.
Stay the heck away from Lake Burley Griffin, then.

(in Joke no-one else will get)



Me love you Lolong time.


sandypossum  Tuesday Feb 28 08:15 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
Stay the heck away from Lake Burley Griffin, then. (in Joke no-one else will get)
Hey, I'm an Aussie too but I don't get it! I even did time in Canberra (with a QANGO) but that was a while back. Tell, tell!


ZenGum  Tuesday Feb 28 08:43 PM

Well ... just the absurdity of finding a 5.5 metre croc in a cold water lake that was only filled about 50 years ago ...

Come to think of it, there's not much to get.

Oooh, look, the nun fainted.



sandypossum  Tuesday Feb 28 09:49 PM

Oh, and I thought you had some sort of Bob Katter joke...



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