Crocodile crossed road with cassowary in its jaws
DAINTREE locals have been speculating over a facebook posting this week that reported a crocodile crossing the road near Cooper Creek late at night had a mature cassowary in its mouth.
A photo, taken by some Cairns people visiting friends in the area, purports to show the tail of a crocodile so large that at first sighting it spanned the width of the road.
A DSC worker who lives in the Daintree said some tourists had told him they had visited the site the next morning (Sunday) and had found feathers and slide marks around a cassowary nest.
He has since then had a look at the area himself and says the nest is visible from the road. There are slide marks around the nest, indicating crocodile activity.
Prue Hewett, operator of Cooper Creek Wilderness tours, said sightings of crocodiles crossing the road in the Daintree were rare – in her 20 years of living in the area she had only heard of it twice.
She said none of her local cassowaries was missing.
Cooper Creek was the habitat of the large male crocodile that was shot early last year after it killed a visitor from New South Wales late one night at Thornton Beach, where it was often sighted in the months leading up to the incident.