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In Australia, beware of crocodiles

From the Guardian: A 20-year-old man went missing in the crocodile-infested Daly river, about 135 miles south-west of Darwin in Australia’s Top End, in the early hours of Friday. His partner was watching from the riverbank and has told police she saw a crocodile nearby. His disappearance comes just a day after plans were revealed for the widespread culling of the reptiles. Police said wildlife workers were searching the river for the man as well as the crocodile. If it were a crocodile attack, it would be the second fatal one in a month in the Northern Territory, where there are estimated to be 80,000 of the creatures. Since September there have been three fatal crocodile attacks in Australia. These include the death last month of 11-year-old Briony Goodsell, who was taken while swimming in a swamp near her home at Lambells Lagoon, about 30 miles east of Darwin. The incident prompted the Northern Territory environment minister, Alison Anderson, to draft new plans to control the crocodile population, due to be published next week. The plans include a 30-mile crocodile-free zone around Darwin. Any saltwater crocodiles found inside the zone would be killed by authorised rangers, or captured and relocated to a crocodile farm.

Click here to see photo of the dreaded reptile.


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