National Museum wants "Lolong" preserved

By Coconuts ManilaMarch 21, 2013 / 07:17 PHT

The National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) on Wednesday proposed that the remains of "Lolong", once known as the world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity, be preserved through taxidermy for the enjoyment of future generations.

According to a Manila Bulletin report, the NMP has sent a request to Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde for the skin and skull of ‘Lolong’. The letter said that the museum's experts are in a better position to conduct the process of taxidermy.

After the process of stuffing and mounting the dead animal has been completed, "Lolong" may be brought back to the province or displayed inside the museum.

The crocodile died on February 10. The official cause of death was chronic interstitial mycotic pneumonia. It measured 6.17 meters or 20.24 feet and weighed almost one ton.

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