Horror as 12-year-old schoolgirl is attacked by a 2.2metre saltwater crocodile in a secluded creek
- Crocodile attacked in a rural creek south of Darwin
- Girl, 12, ‘extremely lucky’ to have escaped
- Management Team has pulled animal out of water
A 12-year-old girl has narrowly escaped serious injury after getting attacked by a large saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory.
The 2.2metre beast attacked child in a rural creek just south of Darwin.
She was ‘extremely lucky’ to have escaped and only suffered minor injuries, the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security has said.
She was taken to Palmerston Regional Hospital in a stable condition, and has since been discharged.
A teenage girl has narrowly escaped serious injury after getting attacked by a large saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory. The 2.2metre beast attacked the teenager in a rural creek just south of Darwin (the croc is pictured)
‘A crocodile of that size has the potential to cause major, life-threatening injuries,’ the department said in a statement.
‘This is a timely reminder to always Be Crocwise.
‘High water levels during the wet season make it easy for crocodiles to move into areas undetected.
‘Crocodiles can inhabit any body of water in the Top End.’
The Crocodile Management Team explained they pulled the crocodile out of the creek just hours after the report was received.
They have removed more than 70 crocodiles from the area in the last years, with some over three metres long.
The Crocodile Management Team explained they pulled the crocodile our of the creek hours after the report was received
It comes after a wildlife expert urged governments to take action over a recent social media trend of people purposely placing themselves in crocodile habitats.
Mick Bender, a wildlife educator for Wildlife Unleashed, says he wants the government to introduce fines for those people who purposely enter places where crocodiles are common to deter people from placing themselves in harm’s way.
The trend has emerged on social media apps such as TikTok and Instagram, with people posting videos of themselves entering crocodile nesting spots and waterways.
His warning comes after Alister MacPhee, 37, recorded himself walking into the water at a remote boat ramp in Cooktown, north Queensland before he was bitten on the leg by a crocodile which then attacked and killed his dog on February 22.
A fishing influencer from far-north Queensland, Daniel Colombini, was recently criticised after he was seen jumping off of a 10metre cliff into the croc-infested Tully River.
One video shows a man grabbing the tail of a resting crocodile in a small waterway and has been viewed over 1.3million times on TikTok.
Another TikTok video that has a similar amount of views shows a man on a boat antagonising a nearby croc with what seems to be a piece of wetsuit.
A video posted to TikTok by Queensland crabber, Casey Eames, shows a crocodile just a metre away from the back of his metal dinghy waiting for food to be thrown off of the back.
Mr Eames told Daily Mail Australia in 2022 that people feeding crocodiles was incredibly dangerous as when they grow to full size, they are likely to attack boats and kill people.
‘As cool as it would be to feed wild saltwater crocodiles it is a dumb thing to do because when they’re fully grown they will flip a boat and kill someone,’ he said.