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Australia Has 3 Excellent Reasons to Avoid Floodwaters

Crocodiles, snakes, and 'your neighbor's feces'

(Newser) - The city of Townsville, Australia, is currently enduring a flood of epic proportions, and more rain is in the forecast, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation . More than 20,000 homes are at risk, reports the BBC , and authorities were scrambling to get people to higher ground with boats and helicopters.... More »

In 'Horrible Incident,' Woman Falls Into Croc Pit

Woman killed at Indonesian pearl farm where reptile was illegally kept

(Newser) - "Merry" doesn't really seem like an appropriate name for a giant pet crocodile, and markedly less so after it mauled a woman to death. Deasy Tuwo—who ran a lab at a pearl farm in Minahasa, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, where the crocodile was illegally kept—... More »

Crocs-Wearing Guy Jumps Into Croc Pond at Gator Farm

Yes, this story happened in Florida

(Newser) - Try saying this five times fast: A guy wearing Crocs jumped into the crocodile pond at an alligator farm. Namely, St. Augustine's Alligator Farm Zoological Park in, yes, Florida. A 23-year-old man was arrested after allegedly breaking into the park Monday night and deciding to take a swim in... More »

Croc Finds Wildlife Ranger Waist-Deep in Water

Australian police are investigating the fatal attack

(Newser) - A wildlife ranger was killed by a crocodile Friday in Australia's Northern Territory while gathering mussels with her family in a waterhole, police tell the AP . The indigenous woman was attacked in a remote area 28 miles southwest of the community of Yirrkala. The employment safety watchdog NT WorkSafe... More »

Authorities Investigating Guy Filmed Riding Crocodile

Niels Jensen used a dead wallaby as bait

(Newser) - Authorities in Australia are investigating after a self-described Danish hunter and adventurer was filmed sitting atop a crocodile in a wildlife park. Niels Jensen, who lives in Australia's Northern Territory and says he works as a hunting guide, is seen in the video coaxing the saltwater croc toward him... More »

A Hungry Croc, a Hot Spring: 2 Misguided Tourists Live

But at least one is under investigation

(Newser) - Both men have lived to tell the tale, but two separate incidents involving tourists defying common sense in different parts of the world are making the rounds:
  • Yellowstone: The geysers at Yellowstone National Park are off-limits for the simple reason that the water in them can boil you alive . And
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They Left the Funeral and Picked Up Their Knives

Indonesian villagers reportedly slaughter crocodiles in act of revenge

(Newser) - They allegedly left the funeral and grabbed their knives and clubs, determined to exact revenge for a man's death. A slaughter followed. The BBC reports each of the 292 crocodiles that lived at a crocodile sanctuary in West Papua, Indonesia, were killed on Saturday, and it's possible the... More »

Shark Pulls Woman Off Yacht by Her Finger

The Australian woman is just fine, though

(Newser) - An Australian woman is feeling lucky to be alive after she was reportedly pulled into the water by a shark. According to PerthNow , Melissa Brunning was on a friend's yacht off the coast of Australia's rugged Kimberley region in late May when her group got the opportunity to... More »

He Was Baptizing Dozens. Then, an 'Ambush Predator'

Crocodile kills pastor performing ceremony at Ethiopia's Lake Abaya

(Newser) - Some 80 people set to be baptized at a lake in southern Ethiopia instead watched as their pastor was killed by a crocodile Sunday. Pastor Docho Eshete had baptized one person on the shores of Lake Abaya near Arba Minch and was about to perform the religious rite for a... More »

Couple Weds Days After Bride Loses Arm in Crocodile Attack

'In one week we went from shock and agony to a truly amazing experience'

(Newser) - A couple attacked by a crocodile wedded days later in a Zimbabwean hospital, where the bride was recovering after losing an arm. "In one week we went from shock and agony to a truly amazing experience," 27-year-old Jamie Fox told the AP on Monday. Fox and his then... More »

Cops Searching House Make Unnerving Find in Basement

Man says he has had crocodile for years

(Newser) - Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement, the AP reports. The Fontanka.ru news portal said the incident happened Thursday while detectives were looking for undeclared weapons in the house of a man involved in staging reconstructions of... More »

'Idiots of the Century' Swim Into Croc Trap

Australian authorities are 'gobsmacked'

(Newser) - Authorities in Australia say they're "gobsmacked" by the sheer stupidity of a group of men seen swimming to a crocodile trap in Queensland—and getting inside with the bait. The men were spotted getting into the mouth of the trap at the Port Douglas marina, close to where... More »

Crocodile Suspected of Killing Woman With Dementia

79-year-old woman wandered away from nursing home in Australia

(Newser) - Authorities in Australia were searching Friday for a crocodile suspected of killing a dementia patient who wandered from a nursing home, the AP reports. Human remains along with Anne Cameron's clothes and walking stick were found near a creek bank on Thursday two days after the 79-year-old woman wandered... More »

Crocodile Kills British Journalist

Paul McClean was reportedly washing his hands in a Sri Lankan river

(Newser) - A British journalist was fatally attacked by a crocodile while vacationing with friends in Sri Lanka. Financial Times journalist and Oxford graduate Paul McClean, 24, was washing his hands in a river near a popular surfing spot when a crocodile attacked, dragging him from shore, witnesses say. Fishermen rushed to... More »

This Crocodile Once Terrorized the Dinosaurs

Its head was the size of a washing machine; its teeth the size of bananas

(Newser) - Meet Razanandrongobe sakalavae, the giant dinosaur-killing crocodile that roamed what is now Madagascar 165 million years ago. Razana, as it's known for short, was first discovered a decade ago, but due to limited fossilized remains, little was known about the creature until recently. Thanks to research published Tuesday in... More »

Guy Mauled by Croc After Jumping in River to Prove Point

Lee De Paauw denies being 'one of the stupidest people around'

(Newser) - An Australian teenager mauled after getting drunk and jumping into a crocodile-infested river to impress a woman he had just met denies being "one of the stupidest people around." "Haters gonna hate," says 18-year-old Lee De Paauw, per the Courier-Mail . He suffered gouges and two broken... More »

Scientists Stumped by Crocodile Eggs in Dino Nests

The 152M-year-old eggs are the oldest ever found

(Newser) - Crocodiles and their ancestors have been roaming the Earth for 200 million years, rubbing shoulders (do crocodiles even have shoulders?) with the dinosaurs, the BBC reports. Now researchers—in a study published this week in PLOS One —say they've discovered the world's oldest known crocodile eggs. The... More »

Zoo Visitors Beat Crocodile to Death With Rocks

Government officials are decrying the 'savage behavior'

(Newser) - Tunisian officials are decrying "savage behavior" after visitors to a zoo in Tunis stoned a crocodile to death Tuesday, AFP reports. Officials posted photos of the dead crocodile—with two large, bloody stones next to it—on Facebook (Warning: graphic) . The crocodile died from internal hemorrhaging after being hit... More »

Danish Tourist Accidentally 'Bodyslammed' Croc, Survives

Results, however, were predictable

(Newser) - A Danish backpacker is recovering in the hospital after running afoul of a freshwater crocodile at Lake Kununurra in northern Australia, the Guardian reports. Johnny Bonde, 27, was leaning over a bank to take a photograph of a snoozing crocodile when he lost his balance and, in his own words,... More »

Disney Wipes Itself of Reptile Characters After Tragedy

Crocodile, alligator references, jokes dumped by theme park after toddler death

(Newser) - A tragedy at Orlando's Disney World last month has led the theme park to get rid of references to the reptile that caused a toddler's death , the New York Daily News reports. Two weeks after 2-year-old Lane Graves was dragged to his death outside of the Grand Floridian... More »

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