Crocodiles do not make good presents
REPORTS, real or imagined, of crocodile sightings in the Mary River near Gympie are disconcerting but pale into insignificance if the utter stupidity witnessed in the Northern Territory over Christmas is allowed to continue.
A crocodile farm there has been selling “pet” crocodiles, to people who have to register their “ownership” and return the animal when it reaches 60cm in length.
My time in the Northern Territory showed me nothing if not that there’s more truly “redneck” and irresponsible people there than anywhere else I’ve lived and I’m more convinced that not all crocs will end up being returned than I can muster hope that they will be.
Locally we have wild dogs to contend with.
Our wildlife is being lost in wholesale numbers due to wild cats across the entire country.
It’s not uncommon for those who keep feral turtles, fish and snakes to cause headaches for authorities by “disposing” of their supposed pets simply by releasing them into the wild. A small croc was recently found in suburban Melbourne.
It’s one thing to come across a wild dog or cat, both of which can be frightening and dangerous but it’ll be quite another to be faced with a croc in a place where one assumes one is safe from them.
I consider myself lucky to have worked with all sorts of folk in my life and I’ve known some who would think it the biggest joke possible to let a croc loose in a place where it could cause harm.
These aren’t people who respect the law to any degree, are often transient and very mobile.
We don’t live in a perfect world, as is evidenced by creation of new laws virtually every day to control us all, because of actions of the lowest denominator.
And yet, when it comes to something as obviously fraught with potential dangers as letting “anybody” have a pet crocodile our forever law making governments are nowhere to be seen.
For once I’m with Bob Katter, on crocs, and believe we need to start culling, before we get them in numbers in our area.
But even that won’t come to much if we’re stupid enough to let people “own” any animal which they have no hope whatsoever of controlling, is known to grown, can move location rapidly, and is a proven killer.
Where is our federal government, with all the fear it uses for electoral purposes, when it comes to something as dangerous as potentially letting crocodiles be taken to places they don't belong?
— Dave Freeman, Cedar Pocket