Obit of the Day: The Largest Crocodile in Captivity
Lolong, a saltwater crocodile who lived on the Philippine island of Mindanao, died on February 11, 2013. Lolong who was captured in September 2011 was measured at 20 feet, 3 inches (more than 6.17 meters) surpassing the previous record holder, Cassius Clay of Australia, by three feet.
Named for Ernesto “Lolong” Conate, a local hunter who died of a stroke while trying to capture his namesake, Lolong was believed to be in his 50s. (Saltwater crocodiles in the wild can live into their 70s.) He had suffered from a bloated stomach just days before his death. Veterinarians are performing a post-mortem on the giant.
Saltwater crocs average about 17 feet and 1000 pounds, not only was LoLong much larger but he weighed nearly twice as much.
Cassius Clay now reclaims the title he lost in December 2011.
(Image of Guinness World Records staff measuring Lolong is courtesy of Wakepedia.)
Other animals previously featured on OOTD:
Methusalina - The world’s oldest sheep
Yoda - The world’s ugliest dog
Oliver - A funeral home therapy dog
Shrek - An escaped sheep who hid in New Zealand caves for six years
Little Golden Books
I know that’s not a single title, but who could choose from the treasure trove? Poky Little Puppy, the Little Red Hen. The Friendly Book, Little LuLu and her Magic Tricks, The Three Bears, Dr. Dan the Bandage Man, Nurse Nancy, the eccentric Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather.
In the 1950s, when I was a child, children’s literature was not as prolific or available as it is today. These simple stories, some written by now-famous authors such as Margaret Wise Brown, appealed to all children and were often illustrated by quality artists — Eloise Wilkin, Tiber Gergely, Rajankovsky.
The Golden Books were affordable even to a farm family of four children like mine — priced at twenty-five to twenty-nine cents each, available at drug stores, groceries and dime stores. On Fridays, “shopping days” at my childhood home, my mother would return with groceries, notions, AND a Little Golden Book. She read to us every evening, and instilled in all of us a love of stories and books.
Now, as an early childhood teacher, I know (there has been documentation!) that the single most important factor in raising a reader is reading to that child.
My early experiences with the bright, engaging storybooks in this series were the key to opening my heart to books forever, and sharing my love for stories with future generations. Through picture books, I hope to stir my young students’ imaginations, curiosity and creativity and help create lifelong readers.
—Sharon Dempsey has been a full-time teacher at Free To Be Child Care Center since 1986. Sharon has presented at national, state and local early childhood conferences. She is active in the Atlantic Bay Association for the Education of Young Children. Currently she resides in Laureldale with her husband and two daughters.