Croc takes dip in home pool

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

A TWO-me­tre croc­o­dile has been found swim­ming in the pool of a home in Dar­win. But mys­tery sur­rounds how the fresh­wa­ter croc­o­dile – nick­named ‘‘ Sammy Fetchen’’ – got into the pool, which was fully fenced off. Matt Lynch, 22, said he thought some­one had put a fake croc in the pool of his home at Larrakeyah. ‘‘ Then we poked it with a pole,’’ he said. ‘‘ And it was real.’’ Res­i­dent Josh Jef­fries, 20, said he was go­ing to start charg­ing Sammy rent. ‘‘ I want to keep him,’’ he said. Jef­fries said the croc must have got in some time be­tween 4am and 9am. ‘‘ Two girls went swim­ming at 4am ... and they don’t think the croc was in there then," he said. Croc catcher Joey Buck­er­field said the rep­tile had prob­a­bly bur­rowed un­der a fence be­cause its scales were dam­aged.

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