Wildlife ranger taken by crocodile in northern Aus­tralia

Malta Independent - - World -

A wildlife ranger was taken by a crocodile Fri­day in Aus­tralia’s Northern Ter­ri­tory. The in­dige­nous woman was at­tacked in a re­mote lo­ca­tion 206 kilo­me­ters (128 miles) south­west of the in­dige­nous com­mu­nity of Yir­rkala, NT Work­Safe said. The em­ploy­ment safety watch­dog said in a state­ment it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing. Po­lice were trav­el­ing by boat and road to the area of the at­tack, Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Corp. re­ported. The woman’s body has yet to be re­cov­ered. The last fa­tal crocodile at­tack in Aus­tralia was Oc­to­ber last year when 79-year-old dementia pa­tient Anne Cameron was killed af­ter wan­der­ing from nurs­ing home at Port Dou­glas in Queens­land state. Croc­o­diles have been a pro­tected species in Aus­tralia since the 1970s, which has led to an ex­plo­sion in their pop­u­la­tion across the coun­try’s trop­i­cal north. Be­cause salt­wa­ter croc­o­diles can live up 70 years and grow through­out their lives — reach­ing up to 7 me­ters (23 feet) in length — the pro­por­tion of large croc­o­diles is also ris­ing.

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