Philippines Newest Celebrity Not Eating
By now most have heard about the huge crocodile that was captured in a creek in the southern Philippines. The over 20 foot long saltwater crocodile, nicknamed Lolong, has not eaten since it has been captured six days ago. Wildlife official Ronnie Summiler reports that the crocodile is being closely observed for signs of stress, but it is actually normal for crocodiles not to eat every day, and crocs the size of Lolong probably have a lot more reserves and don't have to eat as regularly. Lolong could go for six months without needing to eat.
Lolong has been placed in a 8,611-square-foot (800-square-meter) pen secured by 4-foot (1.22-meter) tall concrete walls topped by welded wire in Bunawan township, where he was caught last weekend.
There were reports that viewers were throwing stones at Lolong to get him to move. He did not react to the dead chicken placed by him either, to whet his appetite. The director of the government's Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau flew in to check on Lolong's status.
Lolong is estimated to be 50 years old and weighs in at over a ton. Checks are still being done to see if Lolong is the largest crocodile captured in history. Villagers are feeling a little safer now that he has been captured. There are still large crocodiles in the creek though, a fisherman who has been missing since July was assumed to have been eaten by a crocodile. When Lolong was induced to vomit there were no human remains. From The Associated Press.