AGUSAN DEL SUR, Philippines — Lolong, the world’s longest crocodile in captivity, have asked the Supreme Court to review and possibly reverse the decision of his handlers in holding him captive.
In a 28 page formal request handed to the SC by Lolong’s lawyer, the reptile is formally asking the Supreme Court to declare his capture and detention as illegal and unlawful. He is asking the high court to allow him to be released into the wild and be paid an unannounced sum of money for emotional damages from being made an attraction to the public.
Lolong was caught in a Bunawan creek in Agusan del Sur province in the Philippines on September 3, 2011. The area is part of the Agusan Marsh. He is estimated to be at least 50 years old. It took three weeks to hunt down the giant crocodile and 100 people to take it out of the water. It broke twice from restraining ropes before it was properly secured and it became extremely aggressive several times.
Lolong is suspected of eating a farmer who went missing in July in the town of Bunawan, and of killing a 12-year-old girl whose head was bitten off two years ago before Lolong’s captivity. Experts say the vast Agusan Marsh’s tourism potential needs intensive study to avoid fatal human-crocodile encounters. (source: Wikipedia)
Lolong is also asking the Guinness Book of World Records committee to consider one of his colleagues to be included in their database. Recent developments would qualify his friend as the “world’s shortest crocodile in captivity”.
Along with his interpreter, he told SWN that his friend measures only 1.5M or 4 feet and 11 inches, making her a shoo-in for the record books. Australian crocodile expert Dr. Adam Britton of National Geographic is expected to return to the country to verify the data. No word yet whether he would also sedate the new subject in her enclosure.
That’s P50,000 a day enclosure.