Croc­o­dile crossed road with cas­sowary in its jaws

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

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.

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