Croc attack – wrong place, wrong time

A New Zealand woman went swimming at the wrong place and time in North Queensland earlier this week and was taken by a crocodile.

She didn’t live to regret an unwise decision – swimming at night in an area well known to have crocodiles is a serious misjudgement with awful consequences in this case.

Now it is reported that a crocodile has been found and killed. The Herald headline makes an assumption sound like a fact: 4.3m croc that killed Kiwi found

Environment and Heritage officers have captured and killed a 4.3-metre crocodile believed to have killed New Zealand-born tourist Cindy Waldron in far north Queensland.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection removed the estuarine crocodile from Cooper Creek, near Thornton Beach where Ms Waldron was taken on Sunday night, and euthanised the reptile.

“Wildlife officers believe the 4.3m crocodile is the target animal due to its size and location,” Queensland police said in a statement on Friday evening.

It may have been the crocodile that killed the woman. Or it may have been swimming in the wrong place at the wrong time.

However after writing that I decided to see if there was any more news as it would be easy to check if it was the guilty crocodile, and it has been confirmed that human remains have been found inside it.

ABC News: Crocodile caught and killed in Cindy Waldron search found to have human remains inside

Rangers have confirmed that a large crocodile caught on Friday in far north Queensland was the one that attacked and killed a woman on the weekend.

The 4.3-metre crocodile, described earlier by police as a “target animal,” had been caught and euthanased after rangers set up traps in Cooper Creek in the Daintree.

Police said human remains — believed to be that of missing woman Cindy Waldron — were found inside the crocodile, which was examined by officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage.

The crocodile, the second animal removed as part of their investigation, was believed to be involved due to its size and location, police said.

So the second crocodile was the killer.

The first crocodile ‘removed’ was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

 

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21 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  4th June 2016

    I’ve been up that river and it is full of crocs which seem to have their own territories. Going into the water there at night is just simply suicidal. God only knows what was in those women’s heads. Other crocs will soon take over the territory of the two they killed. Seems a pointless action.

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    • Blazer

       /  4th June 2016

      did you go ‘troppo’ Al?Ever been the same since.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  4th June 2016

        It was a horrible way for anyone to die, but surely everyone knows not to swim where there are crocodiles; it’s like walking across a motorway and blaming the driver who hits you. I didn’t know that it was worse at night, but I can’t believe that anyone visiting there wouldn’t be warned of this.

        It’s very hard on the crocs who were doing what crocs do in their own territory. If they’d come inland and attacked someone who couldn’t possibly have avoided it, that would be very different. But the crocs didn’t know any better; they won’t think that there’s any difference between humans and other animals.

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        • Gezza

           /  4th June 2016

          With some humans I could mention, sadly, they’d be right Kitty.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  4th June 2016

            Ditto.

            But it seems very wrong to execute an animal who’s only done what animals do when someone invades their territory. How’s the croc supposed to know that it shouldn’t eat humans ? I am not down-playing the horror of it, but they are wild animals, not ones supposed to be pets, like dogs, and should be approached with extreme caution. .

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  4th June 2016

    No, I wouldn’t go troppo in the Daintree. Too wet, too many mangroves and too many things that want to kill you. Though we did meet a cassowary there which was rather cool at a few metres distance. If I wanted to go troppo it would be in Raro. That’s so laid back it is horizontal.

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    • Blazer

       /  4th June 2016

      Cassowary will kill you too,I guess you realise.Rip your guts out.

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    • Gezza

       /  4th June 2016

      I liked Raro. Did you do that walk across the main island?
      Our hosts said you couldn’t have an affair there because the whole island would know about it by the following afternoon.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  4th June 2016

        Yes, I love Raro. Been there seven times I think. Yes, amusing to find chooks in the bush up the top of the mountain crossing the island. Have you been to Aitutaki? Stunning lagoon on a fine day.

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        • Gezza

           /  4th June 2016

          No dammit. I never made it out to Aitutaki. The missus got sick. We were there a couple of weeks. Our host was manager of one the banks there for a few years. Was oddly silent being in fairly open bush with no bellbirds and tuis calling.

          The locals we met were real cards. One the women there was talking about how the great fleet departed from Ngatangiia Harbour so our Maori came from there, but the good-looking ones all stayed behind in Raro. Cheeky devil.

          I had a few jumps off Black Rock & have some photos of me in mid-air which still look cool. Back when we were there you could go down the end of the airport by the beach and wait for the big aircraft to come in really low over you and land. It was awesome. Dunno if you can still do that.

          Did a bit of sailing at Muri beach in the sailing dinghies a few times – hadn’t done any sailing before so that was a bit of fun. I ended up getting an infection in both feet there, probably shouldn’t have worn jandals on the coral – needed antibiotics when I got back. Was a great place to relax though, you’re right.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  4th June 2016

            Yep, you should have bought some rubber reef shoes. They’re only a few dollars. Muri is my favourite spot though there are a lot of gorgeous little places and some lovely people. Lots of well worn jokes for the tourists and great dancers.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  4th June 2016

              The next person who mentions tropical islands and swimming on a coral reef will be hit on the head with a piece of four by two. You have been warned.

            • Gezza

               /  4th June 2016

              If I go back there, would you like to come too Kitty? 🐻

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  5th June 2016

              Have the courage to make good things happen again, Kitty. Say yes. Life is short.

            • Gezza

               /  5th June 2016

              We could maybe go halves on everything Kitty?

            • Gezza

               /  5th June 2016

              (Not the four by two though)

  3. Nelly Smickers

     /  4th June 2016

    Luckily I was taught this from a very young age…..

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  4th June 2016

      A woman has died a horrible, terrifying, agonising death-it doesn’t seem the time for jokes about the subject.

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      • Blazer

         /  4th June 2016

        behave Kitty,the timbre of your posts is ,,,she asked for it.

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