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Family wakes to croc in house

2012-01-08 08:10

Sydney - An Australian family spoke of their fright on Sunday after waking to find a 1.7m crocodile lurking in their living room.

Jo Dodd said she was first alerted to the reptilian intruder by the frantic barking of their family dog on Saturday morning.

"We opened the door to our bedroom and looked into our lounge room area and there was a crocodile," Dodd told ABC television from her home in the northern city of Darwin.

"It was the most freakiest thing - you don't usually see a crocodile in your lounge room... It was really a very surreal moment."

Rangers captured the crocodile and took it to a nearby croc farm.

Known locally as "salties", saltwater crocodiles are a common feature of Australia's tropical north and kill an average of two people a year. They can grow up to seven metres long and weigh more than a tonne.

They are highly active and territorial during the summer months between December and January and sometimes wander into urban areas.

Comments
  • Wizcom - 2012-01-08 08:29

    Did they call on Mick Dundee to sort this Sheila's problem out?

      Peter - 2012-01-08 08:40

      THEY WERE LUCKY, IF IT WAS IN SOUTH AFRICA IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A ROBBER OR MURDERER AND THEY WOULD BE DEAD

  • Danie - 2012-01-08 09:03

    Please complete the reprot...and then they had to take a shower and get clean underwear.

  • Starlight3 - 2012-01-08 09:20

    Where was that "Dundee" fella when you needed him, eh?

  • Sarah - 2012-01-08 09:30

    Breakfast in bed...these days one should sleep with one eye open...gues the dog got promoted to 'general' now...atleast he saved some lives...

  • Lizl - 2012-01-08 09:37

    "Honey, your mom's here!"

      Mike - 2012-01-08 11:35

      Hysterical!!! MAde my day that, thanks.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-01-08 09:41

    Reminds me of that movie The Wild see you later...crocodile

  • Seja - 2012-01-08 09:58

    WTF?? why on earth did they sleep with the door open??

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2012-01-08 10:25

      Because they can... unlike in SA

  • Wall - 2012-01-08 11:33

    Australia is one scary island. :P

  • mario - 2012-01-08 19:46

    and what happened to the dog?

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