Torres Strait Islander captured on video bringing in a backhoe to shift a large saltwater crocodile from the roadside
- A resident has used a backhoe to try and remove a crocodile from the road
- The encounter took place on the Saibai Island in the Torres Strait
- The video drew comment by hosts on Sunrise on Thursday morning
A video has captured the moment a local on a Torres Strait island was forced to try and remove a saltwater crocodile with a backhoe.
The resident of Saibai Island is seen manoeuvring the scoop of the machine to try and shift the stubborn beast from where it was resting beside a road.
Multiple attempts were made to budge the ‘salty’, although it remained fairly reluctant to move on.
A crocodile (pictured) has been captured trying to be removed from a road by a backhoe
In the video, multiple attempts were made to try and get the large croc (pictured), although it remained fairly reluctant to move on
After the video was shown on Sunrise on Thursday morning, the hosts joked, with Angie Asimus saying ‘anywhere you find crocs on a footpath, good to get around in a backhoe’.
‘You kind of need more than a shovel, don’t you,’ Natalie Barr commented.
While Mark Beretta even suggested a larger backhoe or even a bulldozer was needed.
The crocodile (pictured) seem unfazed by the actions of the local trying to remove it from the thoroughfare
The Torres Strait encounter comes only days after a tourist narrowly escaped death when he was attacked by a massive freshwater crocodile in north-west Queensland.
The victim, aged in his forties, was swimming in a gorge at a remote national park around 2pm on Sunday when a crocodile latched onto his arm.
A man was been airlifted to hospital in a stable condition after being attacked by a freshwater crocodile in remote north-west Queensland (stock image)
The man, who was on a motorbiking tour group, fought back, wrestling with the croc until its jaws opened and released him.
As well as injuries to his arm, he suffered puncture wounds to both hands and his leg during the ordeal.
After the attack tour members called triple zero then drove the injured tourist to a nearby airstrip to meet the rescue chopper.
The Mount Isa RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew rushed to the remote location just after 2pm and airlifted the man to Mount Isa Hospital in a stable condition.
‘He was in a lot of pain and the puncture wounds from the croc’s teeth were very deep,’ RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Aircrew Officer Greig Allan said.
The man told rescuers (pictured) he put up a fight against the massive croc, which eventually caused it to release him from its jaws
‘The patient told us the saltwater crocodile would have been between two and three metres long, so he’s lucky to have escaped with his life.’
Earlier this month a woman was mauled by a freshwater crocodile while swimming at a popular tourist spot in Western Australia.
The 38-year-old was bitten on the leg on May 4 while enjoying a dip at Butler Cove, Lake Argyle, in the remote Kimberley.
She suffered serious leg injuries and was rushed to Kununurra Hospital before being taken to Broome Regional Hospital in a stable condition.