SYD­NEY Back­packer sur­vives ‘body-slam­ming’ croc­o­dile

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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