Friday, 10 October 2008

More Croc News..



Yesterday I got the request to lend one of my croc photos to "Now Public", which was collecting news about mr Brooker who was probably killed by a croc. This is what they wrote:
"Missing 62 -year old expat Scot, Arthur Brooker, may have been devoured by a crocodile investigators confirm after human remains were identified inside one of the resident crocodiles in Queensland, Australia.

Officials in Queensland who have been investigating the fate of Arthur Brooker, 62, said they had found the remains inside one of three big crocodiles captured in the Endeavour River.

Mr Brooker, who is originally from Scotland and served with Australian forces in the Vietnam war, vanished from the banks of the crocodile-infested river in Cape York last week while checking pots used to catch crabs.

The three crocodiles, longtime residents of the Endeavour, were then caught and taken by truck to a veterinary surgery in Cairns. One has been ruled out as a possible culprit but the other two will be subjected to further tests, a police spokesman said following the initial discovery of human tissue."

22 comments:

Catherine said...

Thanks for your quick answer.
It seems so unbelievable to disappear that way. I could imagine being injured and dying later from one's injuries. But being eaten!

Reader Wil said...

These crocs pull their victims into the water and keep them under water until they drown and leave them there for a while before eaing them.

kjpweb said...

The tragic the disappearance is - almost always human negligence and carelessness is causing these attacks. We are encroaching on their territory - not the other way around.
Cheers, Klaus

Reader Wil said...

I agree with you Klaus! They were there first. Moreover campers, having barbies on the beach don't take care to bury their leftovers properly and don't realise that this will attract crocs.There are also signs saying that it is advisable to stay away 80 m from the tide line. Then this man had lived in Australia long enough to know all those rules.

Old Lady Lincoln said...

How sad. I can't even imagine dying like that.

Denise said...

Oh my goodness, what a horrible fate if that's what happened to this poor gentleman, and a great loss for his family. We are encroaching on their territory more and more however, and man and beast will always be at risk when we do this. Only yesterday I was watching a program on Alaska when a bear was shot because he found garbage cans in town a permanent meal. The reason given was that people were so irresponsible by not securing the garbage more responsibly. In this case bear 0, humankind 0. We all lose in the end.

Reader Wil said...

Hi Patty and Denise, yes it's a horrible death. Man and beast are in each other's way.
It's a pity that this bear had to be killed due to negligence of people. This croc will be taken to a crocfarm. It won't be killed.

Denise said...

Hello again, and thank you for letting us know that the croc will be taken to a crocfarm. They are after all only following their natural instincts and have no evil intent. I forgot to mention with all the other discussion that your photo of the croc was a super one. I would love to go to Australia one day.

Shellmo said...

So disturbing to think of someone dying this way!

Rebeckah said...

Wow, that's a little scary. Great crocodile picture!

Jeanette said...

Gday Wil..the stupidity of the man has cost him his life and a terrible death with was avoidable for not reading the signs.. theres enough signs about..

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Lilli & Nevada said...

Boy i have never been up close to one and certainly never want too, there scary looking

antigoni said...

Scary!!!!! I'm terrified only with the idea.

Reader Wil said...

Shellmo, you're right, it's a terrible way to die.
Rebeckah, it was scary but also exciting!
Jeanette, indeed the man acted very irresponsibly, knowing that it was breeding time and seeing all the warnings around.
Lilly&amp it was the first time that I saw a real wild croc, so I was glad.Thank you all for the comments.

Celeste said...

Wil - Great post, I used to live in Africa and we had several similar situations. I do get angry when people are warned and choose to ignore the warnings, it is always the animal that suffers in the end either by being destroyed or, in this case, loosing its freedom.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Yikes! It's nice that they want to use your photos though.

raccoonlover1963 said...

That sounds horrible! I'm glad I don't have to worry about things like that any more. I left the alligators behind in Florida. I had them in my back yard for a couple of years. Fortunately, they never came out of the water there.
Lisa

Reader Wil said...

Celeste I agree, but fortunately the crocs are protected and each year there are people appointed to count them and the croc population is not increasing, so the crocs are handled with care and nobody in Cooktown wanted them destroyed.
Hi Lisa, so you had them in your backyard! Well that's dangerous, you certainly couldn't swim in that river. In my country,the Netherlands, we can swim in our rivers, but the problem is, though there are no dangerous animals,they are heavily polluted.

Abraham Lincoln said...

People like other animals are meals there for the taking. Apparently this meal was taken.

Reader Wil said...

Hi Abe. I won't be a meal to a croc, but I have eaten crocmeat!! Only once, but still!

Miss_Yves said...

Horrible death !
And when I see you photo, I think:"Brrr...", "Help "!
miss Yves