Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Man gets nasty croc shock in East Innisfail backyard

MARCH 28, 2014 8:47AM

EAST Innisfail resident David Andersen got the shock of his life when he went to his back yard in the dark and rain on Wednesday night to stop his dog barking – and stumbled on a 1.8m crocodile.

He shone his torch around the yard about 7.30pm and saw the reflection of the croc’s eyes.

It was lying near the back fence of his house on The Corso which faces the Johnstone River.

Mr Andersen’s eight-month-old great dane cross Bella was barking furiously at the crocodile.

Mr Andersen called neighbours for help and grabbed a rope and lassoed it around the crocodile’s snout.

One of the neighbours was Cameron Dennis, a Queensland Parks and Wildlife employee, who called the croc removal team.

The crew said it appeared the croc was the same one that had been reported to police the night before by a member of the public, who spotted it on a nearby road.

Mr Andersen said he was gobsmacked to see the croc in a residential yard.

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