SYDNEY Backpacker survives ‘body-slamming’ crocodile
A DANISH backpacker survived a close encounter with a crocodile after “body slamming” the creature while trying to take a photo of it in Western Australia, a report said.
Johnny Bonde, 27, said he was at Lake Kununurra in Australia’s tropical north on November 4 when he spotted a freshwater crocodile in the water and perched on a bank to take photographs of it.
“Next thing I know I’m sliding down the bank and then I just toppled over and landed straight on top of the croc. He got a pretty good grip on me and shook me around a bit,” Mr Bonde said.
A video showed Mr Bonde holding his bloodied right arm above a sink. He was treated in hospital for deep cuts to his arm.
Mr Bonde said he felt “stupid” and understood why the crocodile, which he estimated was about 2.5 metres (8.2 feet) long, bit him.
“It was the result of me being stupid,” Mr Bonde said.
“I pretty much body-slammed him. If somebody body-slammed me at night, I would be angry too.”
Australia is home to two crocodile species - the freshwater and the saltwater. The “freshies” can grow up to 2.5 metres long while the larger and more feared “salties” can be as big as 7m long. –