Crocodile caught near far north Queensland children's playground

13:31 • 11.01.17



Wildlife officers were called to remove a saltwater crocodile near a children’s playground in far north Queensland on Tuesday, amid warnings that heavy rains were seeing the dangerous reptiles turning up in “unexpected places”.


According to the Guardian, the 1.5 metre crocodile was spotted by residents in a grass area opposite a caravan park playground in Bramston Beach, near Cairns.


It was successfully removed by wildlife officers and taken to a holding facility where it will be sent on to either a crocodile farm or a zoo.


George Tsaksirris, who lives near the park, said his wife spotted it while she was out for a walk with a friend.


“They thought it was a palm frond on the ground so they went and had a look, but it wasn’t a palm frond it was a crocodile,” Tsaksirris told Guardian Australia. “We’ve been living here most of my life, and this is the first time we’ve seen a crocodile near the camping ground and the residents’ houses.”


Tsaksirris also saw the crocodile and said it was heading towards a creek behind the houses. As far as he knew there had never been a crocodile spotted in the creek before.


“We weren’t real keen on having it there that’s why we notified the rangers. There are a lot of children holidaying and living around there,” he said.


The ranger arrived quickly, living just around the corner, but those tasked with trapping the animal had to travel about 70km from Cairns.


“People don’t really swim in [the creek] but a lot of children do go fishing and catching mud cod,” he said. “My grandchildren were learning to fish there [recently].”


He said the appearance was concerning, and that he’d like to see the Queensland authorities take similar action to their Northern Territory counterparts who harvest eggs and trap hundreds of crocs annually under control measures.





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