Giant crocodile of Agusan del Sur listed in TIME magazine’s "Top 10 Real Life Monsters"
Interaksyon.com reports that the 21-foot, one-ton crocodile caught in Agusan del Sur made it to TIME magazine’s "Top 10 Real Life Monsters" list.
GMA News reports that the giant crocodile has refused to eat since he was captured, probably because he was "traumatized."
The Interaksyon.com article revealed that the saltwater crocodile from Mindanao, which has been named "Lolong," "joins the rank of some of the world's meanest animals, among these the 45-foot long giant squid, the 50-foot long Burmese python, and the 54-foot long Oarfish."
Curiously enough, Lolong reminded TIME writer Nate Rawlings of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Noting that the villagers who had captured the reptile were jubilant, he wrote, "And don’t forget Spielberg’s classic film Jaws in which the residents of a town terrorized by a great white shark rejoice when one of the creatures is killed, only to learn a harsh lesson later-the real culprit was still out in the water. We hope the real life story has a better ending."
But, of course, the villagers who ensnared Lolong are always looking on the bright side. They now see the monster crocodile as a tourist attraction. By the way, according to Inquirer.net, they named the creature after Ernesto "Lolong" Conate, who was hired to help hunt it down. Sadly, Conate diedof a stroke just days before the crocodile was captured.
"We will take advantage of this crocodile as a tourism attraction and we hope it will help us generate income and jobs," Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde told the Inquirer by phone.