World's largest captive crocodile dies

The saltwater male crocodile, measuring 20.24 feet (6.17 meters) and

proclaimed by Guinness World Records as the world's largest saltwater

crocodile in captivity, died Sunday.

The nature park and Lolong could hopefully dispel some community fears about crocodiles

Residents from nearby towns watch Lolong in a caged pen in the southern Philippine town of Bulawan. The captured Lolong now spends his days in a pen, where he has become an instant celebrity among locals but a cause celebre for some animal rights groups who have demanded he be released back into the wild

The crocodile was named Lolong after one of the trappers who died of a heart attack on the eve of its capture

Lolong, a one-tonne, 21-foot crocodile believed to be the biggest to have ever been caught, is seen in a caged pen in the southern Philippine town of Bulawan. Lolong belongs to the species Crocodylus Porosus, or the Indo-Pacific crocodile, the world's largest reptile which experts say can live up to a century. (AFP Photo/Jay Directo)