FAREWELL TO KYABRAM’S FAVOURITE CROC
It has been a sad week for Kyabram Fauna Park staff who said goodbye to much-loved crocodile Getcha who died on Friday.
Getcha was a salt-water crocodile who came to the fauna park in 2009 and become a popular attraction for young and old.
With a unique personality, Getcha was known to be at times playful with those who came to admire him.
Kyabram Fauna Park manager Ron Pope said children were usually quite taken by the large crocodile and Getcha would sometimes try to scare them by getting up close to his glass enclosure.
‘‘Some days you wouldn’t see him and other days he would be out sun baking,’’ he said.
‘‘He created a lot of interest during his time at the park.’’
Mr Pope said unfortunately a few weeks earlier the power source to the reptile area crashed and took time to get back online.
This resulted in an inconsistent temperature in the enclosure and saw Getcha contract an infection, which he later died from.
‘‘The infection he got we just couldn’t pull him out of,’’ Mr Pope said.
‘‘We did the best we could.’’
Mr Pope said work to build a new salt-water enclosure would continue despite Getcha’s untimely death and the fauna park would adopt a new saltwater crocodile when it was completed.
Last year the fauna park started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for Getcha’s new enclosure.
The campaign was successful and Mr Pope was hoping to see construction start on the enclosure in the next three to four months.
In the meantime preparations are also being made to put the fauna park’s freshwater crocodile on display.
Mr Pope said the fauna park would not be the same without Getcha and because of this they were planning to have him preserved by taxidermy. This will allow Getcha to stay at the fauna park and be used as an educational tool for visiting students.
‘‘Getcha was a great attraction and it’s a sad lose,’’ Mr Pope said. ‘‘He was a unique animal.’’
Relaxing: Getcha with Kyabram Fauna Park manager Ron Pope during happier times.
Missed: Getcha will be remembered fondly by all at the Kyabram Fauna Park.