Readers around the world are hooked on the news of a big crocodile capture in the Katherine region.
Our report of the end of a decade-long hunt for a monster saltie has also captured bags of interest from around Australia.
Yesterday’s story, Biggest ever croc capture, attracted the biggest readership of any online story in our history.
The rangers from NT Parks and Wildlife in Katherine have been in demand as well from other media outlets wanting their own piece of the action.
The trapping of a 4.7 metre saltwater crocodile in outback NT has drawn a lot of interest locally as well, and questions which we will attempt to answer today.
Such as – where has the big beast gone, and what is likely to happen now in the patch of Katherine River where he had long been king?
Some of the online comments from around Australia have been illuminating as well.
Many of those comments from the southern states come down clearly on the side of the big male croc, calling on authorities to leave them alone.
From Melbourne – “What now? Skinned and turned into handbags, shoes and wallets? It had survived this long and this is his reward. No respect for old age”.
Or – “Beautiful big croc. Put it back in the water please.”
How about – “Who said dinosaurs are no longer with us?!?!”
Finally – “It is likely he was relocated to a farm to be a breeder. He will be around. And why did they catch him? Likely causing dramas to local populations. He is lucky he got moved and not a metal message between the eyeballs.”
Comments from Sydney – “Beautiful animals, very smart. Hopefully they relocated them to a more croc friendly area, where they can live happily.”
And – “It disgusts me that there are people dedicating their time to finding larger than average sized animals and treating then like compensations for the lack of power they have in their own lives.”
Finally – “Book my flight. I want some crocodile shoes.”