Dubbs moves to animal kingdom in the sky
DUBBS has died. The crocodile caught in Mundubbera’s Jones Weir in earlyAugust died last weekend at Koorana Crocodile Farm.
The story has generated much local interest in the months following his capture.
North Burnett residents had suggested names and held many conversations in the main streets of Gayndah and Mundubbera.
Former Mundubbera resident Mai Spoor followed the crocodile’s story in the Central and North Burnett Times from her nursing home at Noosa Heads.
And she had called to vote on a name for him.
Dubbs, the nickname for Mundubbera, was most popular.
The 2.1m freshwater crocodile was captured by Fisheries officers 1000km south of his natural habitat.
Dubbswas relocated to Koorana Crocodile Farm near Yeppoon.
Owner John Lever said there was no apparent outward cause of death, but the post mortem had revealed the amount of fluid in the pericardial sac was “excessive”.
The vet described the condition as pericardial effusion or fluid around the heart, the pressure of which can affect the heart’s normal functioning.
“What caused this, ho- wever, is a mystery,” Mr Lever said.
“It may have had something to do with the electric shock that he received underwater just prior to his capture, but I don’t really know.
“He never ate nor did he ever appear concerned by our proximity to him.
“This in itself tells me that there was definitely something not quite right as his reactions should have been defensive. “But they were not so.” Mr Lever said he had kept the crocodile’s skull and it would be displayed as a museum specimen alongside his story.