2017-07-17 02:35:00 UTC
Crocodile bites cane farm worker at Tablelands property in Queensland
Kier Shorey & Kristy Sexton-McGrath
17 Jul 2017 02:26Z
A man has been bitten by a saltwater crocodile he was trying to save
in a far north Queensland cane paddock, about 400 metres above sea
Daryl Bell, a cane harvester, was attempting to move the animal on the
farm in Mareeba west of Cairns, when the 1.4 metre reptile sunk its
teeth right through his thumbnail and finger.
It had been badly burnt in a cane fire on Sat and Mr Bell was
wanting to move it away from a cane harvesting machine.
Its skin was coming off in Mr Bell's hand when he touched it.
"I felt sorry for the croc ... I had no intention of hurting it," he said.
The croc's jaws had to be prised open by another worker, Bruce Craven,
to free Mr Bell, who was then taken to hospital.
After wrapping it in wet towels, Mr Craven called the Dept of
Environment and Heritage Protection to ask what they should do.
What happened next has angered both of the men.
"It took more than 2 hours to get anyone on the phone and when we
did speak to someone, they told us to take it to a vet so it could be
euthanased," Mr Craven said.
"So that's what we did."
Bizarre place for saltwater crocodile
Mareeba is not considered crocodile country, it is 60 kilometres from
the coast and 400m above sea level.
How the crocodile came to be in the cane paddock remains a mystery,
and the ABC has put calls in to the department.
[there is some theory about moving via irrigation channels]
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