Rogue croc­o­dile trapped, iden­ti­fied by teeth

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL ex­perts say a croc­o­dile that was caught in a trap last week is the one re­spon­si­ble for an at­tack on a fish­er­man in far North Queens­land.

The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Re­source Man­age­ment said the three­me­tre croc­o­dile was caught last Thurs­day in Trund­ing Creek near Weipa, the same creek as the at­tack.

‘‘ DERM of­fi­cers com­pared pho­tos of bite marks and an im­pres­sion of the croc­o­dile’s teeth to iden­tify the an­i­mal,’’ DERM spokesman Scott Sullivan said.

‘‘ It was re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack on a 28-year-old man at Weipa on Wed­nes­day, March 9.’’

Todd Bairstow was bit­ten on the legs by the an­i­mal while fish­ing on a bank of Trund­ing Creek.

He held onto a man­grove un­til a by­stander ar­rived to help fend off the an­i­mal, whack­ing it with a tree branch un­til it let go.

Mr Bairstow suf­fered hor­rific, but not life threat­en­ing in­juries from the at­tack, in­clud­ing dis­lo­cated joints and ex­ten­sive lac­er­a­tions.

The croc was taken to Cairns and will be sent to a farm or zoo.

CAUGHT: the croc­o­dile that at­tacked a man near Weipa re­cently

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