Autopsy carried out on giant Philippines crocodile
MANILA (AFP) - Philippine veterinarians conducted an autopsy onTuesday on the world's largest saltwater crocodile ever caught, amid concerns it died of mistreatment in a small pen where it was on show for tourists.
"Lolong", who measured 6.17 metres, died from a mystery illness on Sunday inside his small enclosure in the southern Philippines, where he had been on display since being caught in marshlands in 2011.
"We want to find out the real cause of death so there will be no misinformation and speculation," Ms Mundita Lim, head of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, told AFP, explaining why the autopsy was carried out.
Ms Lim said that the full results would not be known until the end of the week.