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Guinness World Records proclaim Philippine crocodile largest in the world

July 2, 2012

Nearly a year ago, a massive crocodile was captured in the Philippines, and Guinness World Records recently declared the reptile to be the largest croc in captivity in the world. The 20.24-foot beast named Lolong beat the previous record held by a crocodile in Australia that was more than 17 feet long, according to The Associated Press. The croc was named after one of its captors, who died of a heart attack shortly after it was captured.

Last September, a crocodile was caught in steel traps in a creek near Bunawan township in the southern Philippines, the New York Daily News reports. Officials suspected Lolong was may have attacked humans, so his capture was celebrated by locals. Since he was alive, they placed him in captivity and he became a local tourist attraction, which drove visitors and revenue to the town. Bunawan Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde explained the town has earned roughly $72,000 since Lolong was captured, the AP reports. While the croc's presence has been beneficial for the small Philippine town, it also worries many locals.

"There were mixed feelings," Elorde told the AP. "We're really proud because it proves the rich biodiversity of our place but at the same time, there are fears that Lolong may not be alone."

The mayor said a new crocodile hunting party has been formed and will begin searching the waters around Bunawan for other giant crocs that may be lurking in the waters.

Those who want to talk to their friends about Lolong or other Guinness World Records can make calls to the Philippines with phone cards.

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