Monday, January 9, 2012

Crocodile strolls into Darwin home, Australia

A Darwin woman was in no mood to be neighbourly when a visitor from up the road dropped by.

Jo Dodd, who lives at Bees Creek, 30km south of Darwin's centre, says aggressive barking from her pomeranian puppy Astro around 5.30am (CST) on Saturday had warned her something wasn't quite right.

It didn't take long to find out why because there, in her lounge room, was a 1.7-metre saltwater crocodile.

"I couldn't believe it," Ms Dodd said on Monday.

"He was just watching us and was within lunging distance."

Ms Dodd's home is built for the tropics and doesn't have walls all the way around.

So the croc just wandered in.

The 42-year-old mum assumed it was an escapee from the nearby crocodile farm - it had markings to indicate it had been in captivity.

She said the animal had apparently been staying on her three-hectare property since at least Thursday.

And she reckons her family was lucky not to have been attacked. Read More