Thursday, 8 September 2016

Huge 4.33-metre crocodile captured after taking livestock from NT cattle station

Northern Territory police use a cage, rope and gaffer tape to trap the reptile amid fears that it could pose a danger to people

Thursday 1 September 2016 02.45 BSTLast modified on Thursday 1 September 201604.22 BST

A huge crocodile has been captured after taking livestock from a cattle station in the Northern Territory.

Locals in the Douglas Daly region south of Darwin reported that the 4.33-metre reptile had been preying on animals and police acted amid fears that it could pose a danger to people.
 “It was causing a ruckus and was a danger to people in the area,” Matt Phillips from the NT police told the ABC.

Video released by NT police show officers assisted by the territory’s veteran crocodile catcher Tommy Nichols trapping the animal in a waterhole and then snaring its jaws with a rope.

They then haul it out of the trap and on to the land and use gaffer tape to keep the jaws closed before tying it down on the back of a trailer. It was later taken to a breeding farm in Darwin.

“It was a bit of an unorthodox extraction from the cage due the situation where it was in a water hole with limited access,” said Remote Sergeant Mark Berry. “He got a little bit away from us, but we ended up getting hold of him.”

Police said the trap would remain in the waterhole because another crocodile was still believed to be lurking in the waters. The owners of the property told police they believed it was even larger than the captured crocodile.

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