The town of Bunawan in Philippines is in shock following the death of world's largest crocodile in the eco-tourism park. Lolong, the world's largest saltwater crocodile in captive 20 feet long. The crocodile was caught in 2011.
Lolong died nearly after 18 months of captivity. Despite all efforts to revive him by the eco-tourism park officials, Lolong died leaving the town in shock. It was in September 2011 when this giant crocodile was captured by the locals who is blamed for several deaths.
A veterinarian was called by the park officials after the crocodile flipped over with a bloated stomach. Despite the best efforts, it could be revived and few hours later was declared dead to the world by the mayor of Bunawan.
The exact reason of the death is unknown. However the unusually cold conditions in the town is being seen as the main reason for the death. Authorities are now working to find out exact cause of death.
Bunawan had huge plans to boost tourism in the small town with the help of the crocodile. After capturing the crocodile, a eco-tourism park was developed for its stay. Since then it had started to attract tourists in large number.
Lolong was not only attracting domestic tourists but foreign tourists as well. The eco-tourism park was built to cash in on the crocodile. Philippines tourism officials had planned a mile long road in the eco-tourism park to accommodate the growing number of tourists. However now all such plans are most likely to be scrapped.