Fatso the Crocodile Lets Drunk Visitor Live
Intoxicated Aussie tried to feed one croc beer, sat on another's back
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2010 3:45 PM CDT
A file photo of a crocodile, but not Fatso.   (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

(Newser) – A drunk man narrowly survived a brush with a crocodile after he climbed into the reptile's cage at an Australian crocodile park, the West Australian reports. Police say the man, 36, climbed into one croc's cage and tried to feed it beer. When that didn't work, he climbed into the enclosure of another croc, named Fatso, and tried to sit on its back. Fatso was not amused, and bit the man on the back of his calf.

"He was intoxicated, and silly," a policeman said. "For an unknown reason, the crocodile has let him go and he's managed to scale the fence and exit the park." The man returned to a tavern he'd been ejected from for being drunk—"he came back at 11pm with bits of bark off, pieces of his body missing," the tavern manager said. "They said he had chunks out of legs and things like that." Experts chalked up the man's escape to the relatively cold temperature, which suppresses the crocs' energy level.

 

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