There is a crocodile in the drains of my hometown, and i saw it happen!

#1
Greetings, UG, I've come here to share my unique experience working with gigantic lizards!

A little bit of backstory: Where I am living now (Darwin/Australia), there is a zoo of sorts called Crocodylus Park. This zoo is famous for it's large crocs (the biggest being 6.3m). There are also many other animals here, like tigers, lions, monkeys, birds and other random wildlife. Other than just having the main park, there is a crocodile farm that isn't widely known about. It is here that I work with the crocodiles.

I currently volunteer at the farm, but also do a bit of work for the zoo as well. The particular thing that we're doing in the story is collecting crocs, assessing them, checking for scars and defects, and shiping them off to another state for them to be culled and skinned, and for the leather to be sold. And now to the main story.

Woke up bright and early after a night of smoking the reefer at 6:30am. I drank some coffee, got in the car with my mate Matty, and took off to the park at 7:30. As soon as we got there, we were told to put on some gloves and help with the crocs. So we put on some leather gardening gloves, and jumped onto a croc that some of the other wokers had pulled out. If the croc can see whn you're on top of it, it gets angry. Very angry. So we put our hands on it's head, over it's eyes, and push down very ****ing hard. This seems to calm them for some reason. After sitting there for a while, we were told to pick up the croc and put it on a table for assessment. Now, these bastards are heavy. 200+kg. We had 2 people carrying them. There is a certain way to hold the croc's head when you're carrying it, as they have a habit of flicking their head up an breaking your nose, so you have to put them in a headlock with one arm, and use the free hand to pull it's head towards your body, with the majority of your palm on it's head so it won't flick up.

After putting it on the table, it was measured. 2.75 metres. fair enough. Then we flipped it over. And at that point it decided to struggle.

I was holding it's head, and it could open it's jaws at any time, put when their jaws are being held closed, they can't manage that, for some reason. So I'm holding this bloody croc, a it's goig absolutely batshit, and it manages to get out of my grasp. And let me tell you this, these ****ers are STRONG. He lunged accross the table at the assessor, and bit down. Goodbye mister pinky finger! The assessor then ran, fast. At that point in time, I was shitting bricks. Solid gold bricks.

I was scared ****ing brickless.

But it wanted freedom, so fell off the table and ran, as fast as it could, into the drain, and we never saw it again.

After that little episode, we were all given a 1 hour break while the assesser who got attacked was taken to hospital to get fixed up. When it was time to work again, they pulled out the sedatives.

We then processed 150 crocs no troubles at all. Drugs do wonders to lizards.

But the moral of this story? Don't swim in Darwin. Ever.
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#2
when i first looked the title of the thread i thought it said"crocodile hunter in drain"..eww i was gunna ask what he looked like
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#3
why didnt u like tie its jaws closed.
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i call bullshit.
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bravo.
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^^ coz hes not the brightest crayon in the box

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#7
when i first looked the title of the thread i thought it said"crocodile hunter in drain"..eww i was gunna ask what he looked like

lol steve irwin fakes his death and has been hiding out in the drain in darwin..lol
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lol steve irwin fakes his death and has been hiding out in the drain in darwin..lol


lol i laughed out loud
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#9
The process was get the croc out of the cage, bring it to the table, measure, flip, then tape the mouth closed. This was the first croc out that day. They couldn't find the sedatives to start with, and the zapper (a glorified cattle prod that stuns the crocs) wasn't working.
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The process was get the croc out of the cage, bring it to the table, measure, flip, then tape the mouth closed. This was the first croc out that day. They couldn't find the sedatives to start with, and the zapper (a glorified cattle prod that stuns the crocs) wasn't working.



So naturally it would be smart to try it anyway??
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#11
You're right, but I wasn't running the show. I was a volunteer. Helps if you read my post first .

There were people there getting paid for it.
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#12
Lol but i know where your coming from , when i went on my holiday to NT were got to help restrain a croc for some reason , There so strong , and this was only like a 2 metre one , and i just had to push its eyes down(REALLY hard , dont know how it doesnt hurt it)
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lol steve irwin fakes his death and has been hiding out in the drain in darwin..lol


yeah they found tupac also
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#15
Haha, yeah, they're weird animals... they enjoy having their eyes pushed down. hey don't lke people sitting on them though, they growl.
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yeah they found tupac also


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#17
So hang on, why are you shitting up the thread?
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#19
yeah i'm callin the bullshit card
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