PETA defends Agusan del Sur’s monster crocodile: "Free Lolong!"
The saga of Lolong, the 21-foot salwater crocodile caught in Agusan del Sur, continues.
Monster crocodile Lolong hasn’t eaten since he was captured on September 3.
The saga of Lolong, the 21-foot"monster crocodile" caught in Agusan del Sur, continues.
Amid the brouhaha over the his capture, Interaksyon.com reports that Lolong has found an ally. Apparently, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals senior Asia-Pacific campaigner Ashley Fruno wrote to international news organization Agence France-Presse (AFP) to express PETA’s sentiments.
In her letter to AFP, Fruno said, "(The government) should do the compassionate thing and order this crocodile to be returned to his natural habitat, as taking him away to be locked up in an animal prison is just plain wrong."
Fruno added: "While even those zoos with the best intentions can never replicate the natural environment of animals, how do they expect to come remotely close with a crocodile roughly two or three times the size of a regular adult?"
However, ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) National Director Mendita Lim said it is unlikely that the giant crocodile, named Lolong, would be released into the wild since its size makes it a nuisance. The same report revealed that "the government is studying possible improvements in Lolong’s enclosure because it is much larger than normal crocodiles."
As for Lolong, the same report said that "the crocodile has not eaten since its capture (on September 3) and may still be adjusting to life in captivity."