This post seemed to be long overdue. But I still wanted to because this one’s one of the important celebrations the country commemorated this year, the Wetlands Day Celebration in Philippines 2014.
The Wetlands Day Celebration in Philippines 2014 was just on February 02, 2014. I have not personally attended the said celebration in any of the five Wetland Areas in the country but I just want to virtually celebrate it with you guys since I do believe that there are still hopes for the betterment of the wetlands in our country.
The five sites identified as “Wetlands of International Importance” or Ramsar Sites by Swiss-based Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in the country are the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Mindanao, Naujan Lake National Park in Oriental Mindoro, Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Cebu, Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park, and Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan.
Only the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary I have visited from the five mentioned above because it is the most accessible from our place. And telling you, it is a privilege to witness how the area has been preserved and how it has been taken cared of.
The world was surprised with the news about the death of ‘LOLONG’, the World’s Largest Crocodile after it was captured from its natural habitat in 2011 and stayed for 18 months in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur Ecopark.
‘LOLONG’, the World’s Largest Crocodile dies due to Pneumonia
After no more than three (3) weeks, autopsy of the dead crocodile reveals hepatic lipidosis (affecting the liver), congestive heart failure, mycotic pneumonia (affecting the lungs) and chronic nephritis (affecting the kidneys).
The Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary, Ramon Paje, said that living in captivity causes the overall health decline of the said giant organism.
On Sunday, at around 8:00 PM, ‘LOLONG‘, the World’s Largest Crocodile in captivity according to the World’s Guinness Book of Record, found dead in the croc’s pen.
‘LOLONG’, the World’s Largest Crocodile
Accordingly, Lolong hasn’t been eating the past days and has been noticed that its left stomach area ballooned. Though the cause of death wasn’t disclosed yet, this might be a factor contributing to Lolong‘s death.
Our province in Mindanao almost always experience low pressure during Summer vacation. Though, summer literally denotes hot season, it’s far opposite in our area. It in fact, the start of rainy wet season. Every time I went home, I can’t feel the essence of having a summer vacation – I can’t go to beaches or resorts to do sun bathing. I can’t wear my swimming attires. There’s almost no fun and enjoyment.
Hence, the use of raypak pool heaters is needed for us to enjoy such so-called summer vacation.
According to Dr. Adam Briton, an Australian expert on wild animals and authenticator of the Guinness Book of World Record for reptiles and snakes, ‘Lolong’ is the biggest Crocodile in the World, so far, being captured.
‘Lolong’, Biggest Crocodile in the World
“I am glad to pronounce tonight, that the actual and final measurement of crocodile named Lolong here in Bunawan is 20 feet and three inches long, the biggest so far all over the world. Because of this final report, Lolong will now be the title holder as the biggest crocodile in captivity worldwide,” Dr. Briton said who went to Bunawan, Agusan del Sur on October 31, 2011 to personally conduct research survey about ‘Lolong’.
After Lolong, the largest crocodile found in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur was caught into the LGU Bunawan, Agusan del Sur hands to lessen the harm that Lolong could give to people, Lolong now is having a good rest in his own man-made pool at the so-called Eco Park in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.
It also a very good thing to know today that after almost two weeks Lolong, the largest crocodile found in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur was caught in captivity, the Eco park now is open to public viewing. The LGU Bunawan, Agusan del Sur is put a prize per person on viewing for the maintenance of the said Eco park.
The crocodile that was found and caught in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur has already name. It was named after the man who was one of the many who tried to capture him has died during the process of captivity of the crocodile. That man’s nickname was Lolong, and so the crocodile was named after him, Lolong.
Lolong, the crocodile caught in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, is now in an Eco Park in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur which was intentionally made for the said crocodile.
Clic the image above to see the original comment of Vince Morgan.
I don’t know if I am wrong or what because I haven’t read news regarding any further investigation about the Crocodile caught in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur since September 4, 2011, the day I posted my blog post. But what I am certain was that one of the leading newspaper company in the country reported also that the crocodile was female.
Click the image above to enlarge. To read the full report of ABS-CBN, click here.
If I really gotten mistake, I would surely admit it and change or edit what I have posted. But up until now, I still am certain it is a female one.
These are just some of the original images taken by my sister, Wee, and posted on her Facebook account album of the crocodile caught in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.
This is the anterior or facial part of the crocodile caught in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur but only covered with dried banana leaves.
Lengthy body of the crocodile caught in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.
Showing the dorsal or back part of the crocodile caught in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.
Left posterior leg of the crocodile caught in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.
The crocodile caught in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur is in fact one of the largest crocodiles in the world. Before it has been captured by authorities in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, it has already caused the death of a carabao and a child.