The World’s Largest Crocodile!


The tiny town of Bundawan isn’t exactly a tourist mecca for the Philippines, but they’re doing their best to develop attractions.  The first thing on Bunawan’s list of things to see?  A 6.2 meter (20 foot) long, 1-ton crocodile that is believed to be the largest crocodile in the world.  The world’s largest crocodile was captured in the Agusan marsh outside of Bunawan on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao in September.  It was measured at 6.2 meters by famed Australian zoologist Adam Britton, who measured the current Guinness World Record crocodile, 5.8-meter Cassius, in 2008.

“We are happy to announce that we have the biggest crocodile in the whole world,” crowed Bunawan town council member Apollo Canoy.  ”So far we have not had any contacts with Guinness, and we do not know whether they plan to visit us soon.

Guinness is aware of the crocodile, believed to be the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity at this time, and they’re following the story as details emerge.  They need more evidence before they crown the Bundawan crocodile as the largest ever captured.  Until then, Bundawan continues to reap the benefits of having a giant crocodile, with the croc drawing 27,000 visitors every year to the tiny swamp town.

The croc eats nearly 37.5 pounds of pork in a day.

The Newest Webcam Sensation: Bald Eagles!

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There have been a lot of interesting webcam videos over the years, and live webcams have become increasingly popular as internet connections have gotten faster in the average home, office, and coffee shop chain. Still, live webcams with people can be a dicey proposition, but animals?  Forget about it, animal webcams are the future.  From puppies to cats listening to Devo, there have been a lot of interesting webcam experiments, but no experiment has gone quite as viral as that of the Raptor Resource Project. The latest viral video sensation is Eagle Cam, a camera monitoring bald eagle chicks in a nest in Decorah, Iowa.  Its easy to get lost in this incredible video stream!

“This is a positive,” said Raptor Resource Project executive director Robert Anderson during an NPR interview. “Everybody, when they log on they go ‘wow.’ … It’s just good to have something positive.”

Fans are having fun with the videos captured by the Raptor Resource Project, including making their own mash-up videos.  For example, here’s one called “Dueling Corn Husks,” which features the mother eagle’s signature dance move, the Decorah Shimmy.

Watch Live Eagle Cam!

Learn more about the Eagle Cam on NPR’s website by clicking the link below: