Captured giant croc not eating, checked for stress


MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A 20-foot (6.1-meter) saltwater crocodile that may be the world’s largest in captivity has not eaten for six days since its capture in a southern Philippine creek drew worldwide attention.

Wildlife official Ronnie Sumiller, who led the hunt for the croc nicknamed “Lolong,” said Friday the reptile is being closely observed for signs of stress.

But he said it’s normal for crocodiles to be stressed after being trapped and handled. Even in the wild, they don’t normally eat daily, and a crocodile as huge as Lolong can go without food for up to six months, Sumiller told The Associated Press.

Lolong has been placed in a 8,611-square-foot (800-square-meter) pen secured by 4-foot (1.22-meter) tall concrete walls topped by welded wire in Bunawan township, where he was caught last weekend.

“We came here to take a look, because it was reported that on the first few days of his capture … there were big crowds and some would throw stones to make him move, so we were afraid he might become stressed,” said Theresa Mundita Lim, director of the government’s Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau.

She flew from the capital to southern Agusan del Sur province Friday to talk with local officials about guidelines for onlookers and to inspect the crocodile’s new home 515 miles (830 kilometers) southeast of Manila.

Bunawan Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said Lolong did not budge when a dead chicken was laid nearby to whet its appetite.

He said although officials tried to restrict the public viewing, small groups of visitors who traveled from afar pleaded to be allowed to see the reptile.

The scaly skinned Lolong — which weighs more than a ton — is estimated to be at least 50 years old. Wildlife officials were trying to confirm whether it was the largest such catch in the world, Lim said.

Its capture, after a three-week hunt, eased some fears among the locals. A crocodile killed a child in the township two years ago and is suspected of killing a fisherman who has been missing since July. Last month, residents saw a crocodile killing a water buffalo.

But Sumiller said he found no human remains when he induced Lolong to vomit. A possibly larger crocodile has been spotted in marshes in the area, and another hunt was being arranged.

Di satu sudut, pengunjung akan berpeluang melihat rangka buaya berukuran kira-kira lapan meter yang dijumpai di daerah Matang 100 tahun lalu dan dikatakan sebagai buaya terpanjang di Malaysia ketika itu.

http://blog.jmm.gov.my/2011/02/20/menyusuri-sejarah-secara-relaks/

 

buaya di PORT DICKSON??

MOHD. FAREZ (kiri), Azay dan Suhaimi bersama bangkai buaya tembaga yang ditemui di pantai Port Dickson semalam
PORT DICKSON – Jika sebelum ini kehadiran buaya di pantai peranginan di Port Dickson sering dinafikan oleh banyak pihak, namun semalam persoalan itu terjawab apabila seekor buaya tembaga betina ditemui di pantai Ixora Permai, Tanjung Agas dekat sini.

Reptilia pemangsa itu dijumpai terapung-apung oleh tiga orang pekerja binaan pada pukul 12.45 tengah hari ketika mereka sedang memancing di kawasan berkenaan.
Seorang daripada mereka, Suhaimi Salim, 35, berkata, dia dan rakannya yang sedang asyik memancing terkejut apabila ternampak objek yang pada mula disangka kayu.
“Saya nampak sesuatu seperti kayu terapung tetapi selepas dilihat dari jarak dekat, objek itu rupa-rupanya bangkai buaya dalam keadaan terlentang.
“Selepas yakin bahawa buaya itu kaku dan tidak bergerak, baru kami memberanikan diri menghampiri sebelum menariknya kira-kira 500 meter ke tepi pantai,” katanya ketika ditemui di sini semalam.
Suhaimi memberitahu, selepas itu dia bersama rakannya menarik buaya terbabit di tepi pantai dan mendapati badan buaya itu terdapat luka dipercayai kesan ditembak.
Rakannya, Mohd. Farez Mohd. Said, 19, pula berkata, buaya sepanjang 5.48 meter dengan ukur lilit 2.43 meter dan berat hampir satu tan (kira-kira 1,000 kilogram) itu berkemungkinan berasal dari Sungai Linggi dekat sini.
Menceritakan detik penemuan reptilia itu, Mohd. Farez berkata, dia pada mulanya terkejut dan tidak mempercayai apa yang dilihat kerana buaya biasanya tidak ditemui di laut.

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