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Suspected man-eating croc to be put out to stud in Australia 澳洲疑似食人鱷將參與育種計畫

This photo shows “Houdini”, one-half of a successfully breeding crocodile pair, sunning himself at Darwin’s Crocosaurus Cove tourist attraction in Northern Territory, Australia on Aug. 31, 2008. Houdini measures 4.6m and weighs 660kg and together with his partner ‘Bess’ produces a high quality nest each wet season.


A giant crocodile believed to have eaten an Australian holidaymaker will spend the rest of its life on a farm, breeding more crocodiles.

Human remains, thought to be those of Arthur Booker, have been discovered in the stomach of a 4.5m crocodile captured in north Queensland. Booker, 62, disappeared last month while holidaying with his wife in the area.

Because of the reptile’s size it is a protected animal that cannot be killed.

It can also not be released and under Queensland state law it cannot be displayed in a zoo, so a breeding program was the only alternative.

“Any crocodile over 4m is protected under conservation laws, so it needs to go into a facility where it can be used in a way that benefits crocodile conservation,” said a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Booker disappeared on Sept. 30 after he went to check crab pots in a river in the so-called “Cape Crocodile” region of far north Queensland.










Crocodiles were around at the time of the dinosaurs and somehow survived the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs.


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