Whip­per snap­pers abound

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

THE banks of the Dain­tree River are thriv­ing with new life as Lizzie the crocodile wel­comed her hatch­lings to the world on Mon­day.

More than 14 baby croc­o­diles ex­plored the new ter­rain of the river bank and tried swim­ming for the first time.

Bruce Belcher of Bruce Belcher’s Dain­tree River Cruises had been watch­ing over the nest for more than two months.

Mr Belcher was fi­nally told the nest had hatched by Adam Green of Dain­tree River Cruise Cen­tre, who had passed by the nest ear­lier.

The nest was late to hatch this year which caused con­cern for Mr Belcher and other tour oper­a­tors. “Some­times when it floods the eggs drown,” said Mr Belcher, a Dain­tree tour op­er­a­tor for 29 years.

“Last year Lizzie’s nest failed so we’d be­gun to fear the worst. It’s won­der­ful to see the hatch­lings, there’s noth­ing like see­ing them in the wild.”

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