the essential In Australia, a sexagenarian managed to escape the jaws of a crocodile by stabbing it with his pocket knife.
Wildlife officers said the man was “lucky to be alive” after the terrifying attack on the edge of a remote river on the Cape York Peninsula, in the far north of the Australia. “There was a struggle and he luckily escaped the grip of a four-meter-four-and-a-half-meter crocodile. The odds of doing that are pretty much nil,” said Matt Brien of the Department of Justice. ‘environment of the state of Queensland.
“He managed to retrieve his knife from his belt and stabbed the crocodile in the head”
The man had gone fishing last week at his property near Hope Vale, about a five-hour drive from Cairns, and chased a bull from the shore so he could settle there. It was then that the crocodile attacked. “He described seeing the crocodile seconds before he pounced on him, knocking him over as he was about to throw his fishing rod,” the ministry said in a statement. He gripped the branch of a mangrove tree in a desperate attempt to stay out of the river as the crocodile’s jaws wrapped around his boots. But he quickly lost the fight and was dragged into the river.
“The man said that upon entering the water, he managed to retrieve his knife from his belt and stabbed the crocodile in the head until he let go.” The man then ascended the shore and went to Cooktown Hospital for treatment. He was then airlifted to Cairns hospital, where he is still recovering a week later. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health said he was in “stable” condition.
Wildlife officers who interviewed the man on Tuesday confirmed his injuries were consistent with a crocodile attack. “It looks like the crocodile was aiming at the bull or the cow at the time, and it just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Matt Brien told reporters. “It’s an absolutely nerve-racking experience. He won’t soon forget it,” he added.
Marine crocodiles or “salties”, which can reach seven meters in length and weigh over a ton, are characteristic of the tropical north of the vast country. Their numbers have exploded since they were declared a protected species in 1971, and recent attacks have revived the debate over their control. Fatal accidents remain relatively rare, with residents and visitors being advised to keep away from waterways populated by crocodiles.