Don’t drink and ride crocs

2010-07-13 09:13

An Australian man was lucky to be alive after drunkenly scaling the fence of a crocodile enclosure and trying to take a five-metre beast named Fatso for a ride, police said today.

The 36-year-old jumped the wildlife compound’s fence after being ejected from a pub in the northwestern city of Broome late last night, and tried to sit on the back of the massive saltwater reptile.

“He first climbed into a compound containing two female crocodiles, before approaching a five-metre long male called Fatso. He was bitten on his right leg as he tried to sit on its back. He managed to escape and make his way back to the pub, where an ambulance was called.”

Pub manager Mark Phillips said staff told him that the man reappeared at about 11pm with bits of bark hanging off him and flesh gouged out of his limbs.

Phillips told Thewest.com.au website: “They said he had chunks out of legs and things like that.”

He underwent surgery for severe lacerations and park owner Malcolm Douglas said the man was lucky to have survived his encounter with the 800kg croc.

Douglas said: “The crocodile didn’t kill that guy because it was jammed in the corner.”

Douglas said Fatso, one of the largest reptiles in the park, could crush a man with a single bite.

An average of two people are killed each year in Australia by aggressive saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to seven metres long and weigh more than a ton.

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