Crocodile Snatches 12-Year-Old
Increasing calls for a cull in Australia
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2014 11:22 AM CST
A 13.5 foot saltwater crocodile on the Adelaide river in Australia's Northern Territory.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

(Newser) – A teen swimming with a group of friends in Australia's Kakadu National Park yesterday was attacked by a crocodile and escaped—only to have the croc move on to one of his friends, a 12-year-old now believed dead. The Telegraph reports that if the younger boy was indeed taken by the saltwater crocodile, it would mark the sixth time a "saltie" has killed a child in the last 12 years, and that's led to renewed calls for a cull. Laws protecting the salties were put in place in 1971, and their ranks have swelled since, with as many as 100,000 of them occupying the Northern Territory.

Sky News reports officials are going to great lengths in an effort to recover the boy's body: A trap has been set in Magela Creek, which feeds the waterhole; air, land, and boat searches have taken place; and any croc measuring more than 6.5 feet can be shot. And so far, two have, though slicing them open revealed no human remains. And the search efforts have been hampered by seasonal flooding, while has swelled the creek from a width of about 650 feet to more than 3,000 feet. The 15-year-old who was attacked was grabbed on his right arm and then his left, reports CNN. Based on the bite marks, the crocodile is believed to measure eight to nine feet. (A 26-year-old was killed by a croc in the area last year; more on that here.) Meanwhile, Australia has already launched another cull: of sharks.

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Jan 29, 2014 12:33 AM CST
Just because we believe we are at the "top of the food chain" it does not relate to lesser animals in the pecking order. Would these ignorant children swim in a body of water infested with piranhas? As others have asked "Where the hell were the ADULTS"?
Jan 28, 2014 4:15 PM CST
I have two videos of people being taken by crocs. One is of a African boy being pulled from this mothers arms and eaten alive and the other is of a old man in india that walked into the water so he could be eaten. The old man soon changed this mind and puts up a good fight for about 10 minutes but more big crocs come and he is twisted apart alive and screaming like nothing I've ever heard............Good stuff.
George R
Jan 28, 2014 1:51 PM CST
How many more plump, delicious pre-teen boys need to die before we finally take the issue of childhood obesity seriously? Anyone reading this who is over the age of 40 can still remember a time when no healthy crocodile or alligator would risk possible injury or death for the off chance of making a meal out of some slow, ungainly, succulent Liam, Keenan, Noah or Jacob who will only go swimming when he can wear an oversize white cotton t-shirt.