Guide held out raw chickens to crocs using a stick, then he dropped the stick.
Rule One of Croc Club: If you’re name’s not Dundee, don’t mess with crocodiles. An Australian wildlife tour operator said he was lucky to escape more serious injury or even death when a crocodile lunged from a river and clamped his hand in its jaws, the Associated Press reports.
Sean Dearly was attacked on Monday on the Adelaide River which is renowned for its “jumping crocodiles” — large crocodiles that rise vertically from the water to snatch chicken carcasses dangled from long poles extended from tourist cruise boats.
The 60-year-old Dearly spoke Wednesday about his encounter with a young 2.2-meter (7-foot) crocodile.
“I’m feeling all right. I’m a bit sore in the arm, of course, but, yeah, I survived it,” he told Nine Network television.
Dearly had his right hand and forearm in a cast, but did not detail his injuries. He had undergone surgery to repair a severed tendon in his hand, the Northern Territory News reported.
Dearly said he told the 18 tourists on his cruise on Monday to keep their entire bodies inside the boat at all times for safety.
He then did the opposite when he decided to retrieve a pole he had been using to feed meat to raptors and had dropped overboard.
He was about to grab the pole and “immediately something lunged on to me,” Dearly said.
The crocodile remained clamped on to his arm as he drew back.
“I’ve lifted a crocodile up and I’ve gone: ‘My god, what have I got here?’ And I’m thinking: ‘What are we going to do about this? It’s hanging off my arm,’” Dearly said.
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