World's largest crocodile dies: 6.17 metres long

Crocodile who ate school girl & fisherman in Philippines hunted down by villagers & kept as tourist attraction, finally dies from mystery illness.

Lolong the crocodile measured 6.17 metres and was the world's largest crocodile until he died on Sunday night (Source: AFP).

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World's largest crocodile dies in Philippines

AFP
February 11, 2013

MANILA (AFP) - The world's largest saltwater crocodile in captivity has died in the Philippines, 17 months after the suspected man-eater was hunted down and put on display for tourists, according to his caretakers.

"Lolong", who measured 6.17 metres (20.24 feet), died on Sunday night from a mystery illness inside his small enclosure in Bunawan, a backwater town in the country's remote south.

"This is a very, very sad day for us. He had brought fame to our town. We are now thinking of having his remains preserved," town spokeswoman Welinda Elorde told AFP on Monday.

A government-sanctioned hunting party caught Lolong in a sprawling marsh close to Bunawan in September 2011 after it was suspected of biting the head off a young school girl and of eating a fisherman.

Its capture made the town famous and Lolong, named after a local crocodile hunter, became a big tourist attraction.

But it also put the spotlight on the plight of the crocodiles in the Philippines' remote marshes and rivers, as human habitation increasingly put them in conflict with the animals.

Animal rights groups also demanded Lolong be released back into the wild, arguing that the pen that held him was too small and stressful for an animal used to roaming great distances.

But Elorde said caretakers tried to give Lolong everything he needed in captivity, and that releasing him would have left him ...[at] the mercy of villagers who would hunt and kill him.

"We tried to give him the best place we could," she said.

The Philippine Star newspaper reported Monday that Lolong had been ailing since swallowing a cord three weeks ago, a claim Elorde denied

"We have been alternately feeding him with meat and poultry, and there was no way he could have eaten anything other than that," she said

The Guinness Book of World Records last year officially declared Lolong the largest crocodile of its kind in captivity.

It dislodged Cassius, a 5.48-metre crocodile kept in a park on an island off Australia's Queensland as the previous record holder.

Lolong belonged to the species Crocodylus Porosus, or the Indo-Pacific crocodile, the world's largest reptile, which experts say can live up to a century.

While not on the brink of extinction globally, it is critically endangered in the Philippines, where it is hunted for its hide.

(Source: AFP, World's largest crocodile dies in Philippines, February 11, 2013)


Crocodile Vocabulary

crocodile - a large reptile that lives in the water in hot countries; has long body and long mouth with many sharp teeth จระเข้ (See Wikipedia)

world's largest crocodile
world's largest crocodile dies in Philippines

Lolong the Crocodile -
was the world's largest crocodile until it died recently, lived in the Philippines (See Wikipedia & longer article & YouTube & update)

saltwater - the water in the sea or ocean (or nearby) that has salt in it น้ำเค็ม
freshwater -
the water in rivers and lakes that has no salt in it น้ำจืด

saltwater crocodile -
(See Wikipedia)
Crocodylus Porosus - Same as "saltwater crocodile"

captivity - when animals are kept in a zoon, park or cage instead of places like the jungle where they normally live การถูกจับกุม; การถูกกักขัง
in captivity
saltwater crocodile in captivity

the world's largest saltwater crocodile in captivity
The world's largest saltwater crocodile in captivity has died in the Philippines

suspected
- thought to be something เป็นที่สงสัย
the suspected man-eater

hunt - 1. to search for something, to try to find something; 2. to kill animals for their skin or meat
hunted down - to search and capture something  
the suspected man-eater was hunted down

display - to put something in a place where people can see it
put on display
put on display for tourists

the suspected man-eater was hunted down and put on display for tourists

caretaker -
a person who has the job of taking care of and looking after something ผู้ที่รับจ้างดูแล
the caretakers of the crocodile

measure - to find the exact size of something using a measuring tool วัดขนาด (ความยาว, ความสูง, ความเร็ว ฯลฯ)
measured 6.17 metres long

mystery - people do not know what it is, do not understand it, do not know what happened  ความลึกลับ
illness -
a sickness or disease that someone has ความเจ็บป่วย

mystery illness
died on Sunday night from a mystery illness

enclosure - an area surrounded by a fence or a wall คอก
a crocodile enclosure

a small enclosure
the crocodile inside a small enclosure

"Lolong", who measured 6.17 metres (20.24 feet), died on Sunday night from a mystery illness inside his small enclosure in

backwater - a place far away from cities where nothing important or exciting ever happens
backwater town

remote
- far away from cities, difficult to get to ที่ห่างไกลจากความเจริญ (ของเมือง)
a backwater town in a remote area

Bunawan - as small town on the very large island of Mindanao in the Philippines (See Wikipedia & map &

...Bunawan, a backwater town in the country's remote south.

remains - the body of a person or animal that has died ซากศพ
preserved - kept in good condition, not damaged or destroyed or allowed to decay คงอยู่, สงวนไว้ ซึ่งปกป้องไว้
having his remains preserved

We are now thinking of having his remains preserved

sprawl - spread over a wide area  เหยียดยาว; ยืดยาวออกไป;  ตวัดไปมาอย่างไร้ระเบียบ
marsh - an area of soft wet land; swamp, bog  บึง, แอ่งน้ำ, หนอง
sprawling marsh - a large marsh that spreads out everywhere

government-sanctioned hunting party caught Lolong in a sprawling marsh close to Bunawan in September 2011

suspect - to think that someone did something (such as a crime, for example)
the crocodile was suspected of biting the head off a young school girl and of eating a fisherman

capture - to take someone as a prisoner จับกุม
local - in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น

Its capture made the town famous and Lolong, named after a local crocodile hunter, became a big tourist attraction.

spotlight - the centre of public attention เป็นที่สนใจ
plight - an unpleasant condition, especially a serious, sad or difficult one สภาพเลวร้าย

conflict - a disagreement between people or groups (or animals here) ความขัดแย้ง  ความไม่ลงรอยกัน

But it also put the spotlight on the plight of the crocodiles in the Philippines' remote marshes and rivers, as human habitation increasingly put them in conflict with the animals.

rights - something you are legally or morally allowed to do or have สิทธิ์ (See Wikipedia)
animal rights 
animal rights groups

release  -  set free; allow an animal to leave you and return to the natural place it lives (the jungle, for example) ปลดปล่อย, ปล่อยตัว
released back into the wild

pen -
Same as "enclosure" (a small area with a fence around it for keeping animals)
the pen that held him  

stress (noun) - pressure, strain, tension ความเครียด, ความตึงเครียด
stressful (adjective)
the pen that held him was too small and stressful

roam - walk around without a goal
roam great distances
an animal used to roaming great distances

Animal rights groups also demanded Lolong be released back into the wild, arguing that the pen that held him was too small and stressful for an animal used to roaming great distances.

at the mercy of - meaning: what happens to it will depend on what these people do (if they are kind then will not die) 
at the mercy of villagers

releasing him would have left him ...[at] the mercy of villagers who would hunt and kill him.

claim - saying something is true without proving it yet
denied - said it was not true
a claim that she denied

swallow - กลืน
cord -  เชือก
swallowing a cord

ailing - ill and weak ป่วยและอ่อนแรง
the crocodile had been ailing since swallowing a cord

The Philippine Star newspaper reported Monday that Lolong had been ailing since swallowing a cord three weeks ago, a claim Elorde denied

poultry - birds that are raised for their meat and eggs such as chickens and ducks (See Wikipedia) เนื้อสัตว์ปีก
feeding him with meat and poultry

alternately - do one thing and then do another
alternately feeding him with meat and poultry

We have been alternately feeding him with meat and poultry, and there was no way he could have eaten anything other than that.

record - the best or most ever achieved สถิติ
world record - the best ever achieved in the whole world สถิติ  (See Wikipedia)

Guinness Book of World Records - the book that records all the world records inside of it (See Wikipedia)
The Guinness Book of World Records last year officially declared Lolong the largest crocodile of its kind in captivity.

record holder - the person who "set a record", who made a new record and is the person currently "holds" the record
previous record holder

dislodge - to force someone out of their position (position as "record holder" for example)
It dislodged Cassius, a 5.48-metre crocodile kept in a park on an island off Australia's Queensland as the previous record holder.

species - a set of animals or plants in which the members have similar characteristics to each other and can breed with each other พันธ์,จำพวก
the crocodile species
the crocodile species Crocodylus Porosus

century - a period of one hundred years ศตวรรษ
can live a century
can live up to a century
the crocodile species can live up to a century

expert - a person who knows a lot about a subject ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ
experts say can live up to a century

Lolong belonged to the species Crocodylus Porosus, or the Indo-Pacific crocodile, the world's largest reptile, which experts say can live up to a century.

brink - the point in time when something very bad or very good is about to happen
on the brink of

extinction - death of all living members of a species of animal or plant การสูญพันธุ์
on the brink of extinction  

globally - throughout the world ทั่วโลก
on the brink of extinction globally

endangered - at risk or in danger of being harmed, damaged or destroyed เป็นอันตราย
critically - important in a way that needs action now (immediate action)

critically endangered 
the species is critically endangered in the Philippines

While not on the brink of extinction globally, it is critically endangered in the Philippines, where it is hunted for its hide.

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