Australians fined for wrestling crocodiles

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)
Sydney – Two Australians who filmed themselves wrestling deadly saltwater crocodiles were on Friday fined for interfering with protected animals, news reports said.

Beau Greaves, 23, and Theodore Hewish, 21, posted pictures of themselves on Facebook emulating the exploits of the late Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin in his wildlife documentaries.

The Queensland state government took them to court even though no harm appeared to have come to the crocodiles on Hicks Island, near Lockhart River in Cape York.

"The footage of the capture of the first crocodile is quite disturbing," wildlife officer Claire Bookless told the court in Cairns.

"It showed Mr Greaves in a death roll with the crocodile."

She conceded crocodiles were often more than a match for humans but said that any human interaction could change their behaviour.

"Those behavioural changes may put other members of the public at risk," she was quoted as saying in the Cairns Post.

Magistrate Joe Pinder said the offending video was "spontaneous and unsophisticated".
 
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