BUNAWAN, Philippines, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Lolong, the world's largest crocodile in captivity, died Sunday in Bunawan, Philippines, officials said.
The animal died after veterinarian Alex Collantes of the Davao Crocodile Park was called to check on its condition, GMA News reported.
The reason for Collantes visit and the cause of Lolong's death was not reported.
Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde said the animal had been acting irregularly since tropical cyclone Pablo devastated portions of Mindanao and Visayas in December.
Lolong was captured in 2011 after a years-long hunt for the animal thought to be responsible for a young girl's death in 2009 and the disappearance of fisherman, GMA reported.
The crocodile was 21-feet long and weighed more than one ton.
Officials with the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau will perform a necropsy on Lolong to determine a cause of death.
The mayor said he has asked the National Museum for help preserving the animal's remains.
|Additional World News Stories|
TORONTO, May 25 (UPI) --A Canadian man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in Toronto more than 20 years ago.
BURBANK, Calif., May 24 (UPI) --Baz Luhrmann's big-screen adaptation of the classic novel, "The Great Gatsby," has crossed the $100 million mark at the North American box office.
NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) --U.S. stock indexes closed mixed on Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing just above break-even on the New York Stock Exchange.