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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

World's Largest Crocodile.

A monster 21-foot (6.4-metre) saltwater crocodile, believed to be the biggest ever captured, has been trapped in the southern Philippines after a spate of fatal attacks, officials said Tuesday.

James: The giant croc weighs in over a ton!! Yet, what interested me most was that the people in the village chose not to kill the beast despite its violent past. They decided instead to build a nature park to include the crocodile to increase eco-tourism to the area and protect a species that has been over-hunted in the area. I applaud their efforts to make a tragic situation less tragic for all involved. There are unfortunately a lot of people in this world who would have killed that animal and displayed it like a grotesque trophy, so I bow in deep gratitude to those villagers in the Philippines. May their example lead to better and better treatment of animals in this world.

We are reminded by the Buddha that we are interconnected to all living beings, so animals are no different than our cousins. Thus, when ever possible they should be treated with the same compassion and care that one would show a human being. Sadly, however, some society's still allow the death penalty in certain criminal cases--including, unfortunately, my country of the United States. So, the plight of a misunderstood carnivore, such as the crocodile, is even less of a concern. Hopefully, however, we can continue to raise awareness that we can protect ourselves from dangerous animals without killing them all.

~Peace to all beings~

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N. Willow said...

Hello James, I'm new to your blog and would like to start by thanking you for this article.
That is a gorgeous creature as all our fellow earthling. It is definitely amazing that these villagers understand the importance of respecting an animal even with its aggressive is how it's suppose to behave for a croc.
I truly hope that this will shed some awareness as you well put to others who are in position to choose what to do in situations like these and try to find the best solution for coexistence. Thanks again!

Connie Rose said...

Love it, James. Thanks!

Kirsten said...

That is fascinating--and very encouraging! Thanks for sharing the good news.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a question and wondered if you could help me. Is the noble eightfold path same thing as the golden mean?
Thanks. Mia

adam said...

How is caging a wild creature considered an applaudable action? You cannot be free yourselves if you think this is compassion. Death is not the worst out come in life. Imprisonment is far worse.

Apuleius Platonicus said...

The croc is magnificent! It is a truly inspiring story.

David McPhee said...

Just discovered your blog, James. I'm delighted with your sense of humor and whimsy, and the gentle way you re-direct folks who want to fuss about details but fail to attend to what's right here.

I have two Buddhist-inspired daily blogs. One is mostly photos with brief commentaries, all about impermanence and letting go. It's at

My other blog applies very basic Buddhist ideas (as distorted by a rank beginner -- me) to the day's headlines. It's at

If you ever get a chance to look at my blogs, I'd love to receive any guidance you'd care to give.

Mr. Musang said...

I don't really think this is some form of "compassion", they only kept the croc alive so they could show it off; to earn a slot in the Guinness world records and serve as a tourist attraction. I should know, because I live here, and every single time I see news about Lolong (the croc), the greediness of humans just keep getting worst.

1.) They could have freed Lolong in a natural sanctuary.

2.) Someone offered the government of the town a cleaner and wider space for Lolong to live, but the Governor refused, saying "I'm too attached to Lolong, he is like a son to me". Therefore they use up tax payers money to build a not so huge home for Lolong, instead of giving him away to a better home. BTW The governor's just a governor, he's not suppose to be the one who decides what's good for the croc, I don't know why people behave like the gov. is king. Vet's are the ones who should have a say in this.

3.) Ever since Lolong was captured, the business of crocodile farms started to get trendy, they made it look like a get-rich-easy business. I see these a lot in news, they talk about how they raise, feed, skin, and cook crocs. Never have I heard anything about the fact that Phil. Crocodiles are one of the most endangered croc species.

4.) Every time I watch or read the news about Lolong, I rarely see anything about the crocs health or welfare (unless PETA's involve), only what the people think they should do with Lolong.

very sad.

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