Dubbs moves to an­i­mal king­dom in the sky

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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