Who would imagine that the largest crocodile species in the world so far can be found in the Philippines? Is not it?
The discovery was led by the handful reports of attacks on a schoolgirl, a fisherman and grown Carabao from the town of Bunawan Agusan del Sur through which the town mayor was prompted to ask assistance from Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC) to capture the big predator on the shallow waters of Agusan marsh.
The Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC) team was headed by a veteran crocodile hunter Mr. Ernesto “Lolong” Conate who later dies because of too much stress on waiting to catch the big predator before he and his team have caught finally the big crocodile wherein the big pinoy crocodile was named after him – Lolong.
Lolong, the largest Pinoy Crocodile and the largest crocodile in the world so far measuring 6.4 meters of 21 feet was captured at the Agusan marsh the day the “Lolong” man died or the day Ernesto “Lolong” Conate was then turn into the cage and care of Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC). Shortly, after Lolong, the largest Pinoy crocodile have caught; another two more crocodiles have been spotted on the marsh of Agusan. Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC) later said that the marsh of Agusan is a home or sanctuary of wildlife thus another crocodiles have appeared on it.
The Philippine Wildlife also clarifies that crocodile attacks in the Philippines is seldom to happen because according to them, crocodiles are not aggressive reptilian animals contrary to the public consciousness or public perception about crocodiles; crocodiles just attack when they felt threaten or under attack by humans or by other being that provokes them to do the attacks.
According to the Philippine Wildlife, crocodiles actually have no any willful inclination and intention to attack humans for food. For according to their records, there are many wildlife sanctuaries in the Philippines wherein crocodiles live peacefully together with humans there. It is just the human versus wildlife species like crocodiles conflicts brings forth the onslaughts of crocodiles on humans as some cases of crocodile attacks on humans.
Actually, there is a request of Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to bring back “Lolong” the Philippine largest crocodile so far on its sanctuary at Agusan marsh but there are also some who opposes this request.
However, the people of Agusan town themselves though opposes the killing of “Lolong” refuse to bring back “Lolong” to the Agusan marsh but rather instead the local government of Agusan wanted to erect a wildlife park if in case “Lolong” will return. For they do not wanted anymore the fear they had when “Lolong” was still at the Agusan marsh.
Actually, some people also there wanted to catch more the other crocodiles lurking on the 13,910 hectare Agusan marsh which they believe to be more bigger than “Lolong” and though relived temporarily, the town people of Agusan still believe that “Lolong” could not be the man eater crocodile which have victimized handful of people in their towns and there could be another crocodiles on the marsh which needed to be caught.