A crocodile escaped from its container on a Qantas airline flight last week, and was discovered roaming free in the cargo hold after the plane touched down.

Qantas confirmed the large reptile had managed to break free during a flight from Brisbane to Melbourne, and was discovered by a baggage handler when he opened the cargo hold.

The roaming croc was quickly and safely captured without incident. In a statement, Qantas said Australian Air Express is investigating the how the crocodile managed to roam free in the aircraft’s cargo hold.

“The investigation is focusing on whether it had been loaded appropriately on delivery to AaE (Australian air Express),” the statement said.

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A Thai woman who was suffering from depression is believed to have fed herself to the crocodiles at a popular tourist attraction in Thailand.

The 36-year-old woman told her husband that she was going to see a doctor and would then go to popular Crocodile Farm in Samut Prakarn just outside Bangkok.

She never returned home but she was caught on CCTV cameras entering the tourist attraction 20 miles south of the capital.

The mystery has deepened because the Crocodile Farm have reportedly denied the incident took place.

However, husband Sunai Jisathra, 55, claims he was told by workers there that a woman fitting his wife Tiphawan’s description had been killed.

He said farm workers told him it happened after the woman ‘jumped intentionally’ into a crocodile pit.

Mr Jisathra also said he had been contacted by a man who said he represented the farm and wished to make a settlement.

The husband said that he was not surprised. His wife had money problems and had suffered from depression for a long time.

‘It was possible she had committed suicide to escape her troubles,’ he said.

He said he would not file any charges against the farm owner. All he wanted was the truth and that incidents at tourist attractions in Thailand can often be covered up.

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An Indonesian construction worker was bitten by a crocodile during a toilet break by a river in Malaysian Borneo, but fought off the huge reptile and escaped with his life.

Pai punched the two-metre (6.5-foot) crocodile in the eye after it bit him while he squatted, just above his right buttock, and despite being in incredible pain and soaked in blood managed to summon help.

The attack happened early on Friday, when the 32-year-old decided to take his chances by the river in Sarawak state despite knowing it was infested with crocodiles.

Pai, who works at a nearby construction site, had just finished relieving himself under a bridge when the animal bit him from behind.

“Fortune favoured me when the crocodile let go after I punched it in the eye,” he said. “After being freed from the jaws of the crocodile, I found extraordinary strength to run and call for help even though my waist was extremely painful.”

Pai, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, was taken to Sarawak General Hospital with bites to his waist and hip area. He also suffered puncture wounds on the left side of his ribs.

His condition is not critical.


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Bavarian police ended a week-long crocodile hunt empty-handed on Monday after German experts concluded that their prey was probably a harmless beaver after all.

A witness had prompted a frantic search in and out of the water.

Fearing dangers lurking in the depths of the Middle Klausen Lake near Regensburg, police hunted solidly for a week, even sending divers to scout around for signs of exotic reptilian life and a helicopter to check the lake from above.

In reality, the “long-tailed, big-clawed” animal reported by two witnesses was more likely to be a large beaver, the police said on Monday.

Hope dwindled when not one of the 3,700 photos taken by camera traps was a mugshot of a “Klausi” the crocodile, as it became to be known.

The hunt was called off and the swimming ban lifted after the the only wildlife captured by the four cameras was “foxes, grey herons, dogs and snapped branches, but no crocodile,” said Schwandorf spokesman Lothar Mulzer.

The town’s mayor, a town council official and a fireman were recruited to inspect each of the photos.

Around 50 police officers, fire fighters, water authority officials and technical volunteers were involved in the operation, which began on Monday morning after a 68-year-old man saw the animal in the reeds while walking his dog on Saturday evening.

Officers reasoned that they could imagine someone keeping a crocodile as a pet but setting it free because it had got too big to keep at home.

“Our animal-lovers have everything you can imagine at home, such as highly poisonous snakes. Why not a crocodile?” a spokesman for Regensburg police said last week.

“Now peace can return and everyone can go back in the lake,” said Mulzer, keen to sink lingering concern that swimmers might still risk coming face to face with Klausi.

If a swimmer were to be attacked by a metre-long croc though, the bite would only be like that of a dachshund, said the town’s fire marshal.

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A small crocodile is on the loose in a Bavarian lake popular with German bathers and has so far eluded a team of 12 police divers and a number of other land-based searchers.

The aquatic reptiles aren’t indigenous to any part of the European continent, so was probably released in the lake on purpose.

There have been two sightings already this month, including a dramatic encounter with a 44-year-old woman who was swimming in the Klausensee lake on July 1 and collided with the reptile, sustaining a 7 centimetre (2.75 inch) scratch in the process.

“The woman said she was swimming to retrieve her air mattress, which had drifted off along the shore when she was suddenly covered in earth and an animal swam over her, it had a long tail and was about a metre (three feet) long,” police in the town of Schwandorf said in a statement.

“She fled out of the water calling for help and described what had happened to her son who had come rushing towards her. But he could only see bubbles in the water.”

Police have been scouring the large lake with binoculars and have banned people from swimming or approaching its shore, but so far the Schwandorf community hasn’t descended into a Jaws-style panic.

“I don’t think it’s a life-threatening crocodile, it’s only a metre long and the tail will take up a lot of that, so it’s snout is unlikely to be huge,” police spokesman Michael Rebele said.

“An aggressive dog would pose a bigger threat. This animal doesn’t appear very aggressive. The claws and teeth could cause injuries though.”

The crocodile was last reportedly sighted at around 8 p.m. last Saturday by a man walking along the shore.

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Australian canegrower John Casey has said that when he dies, his three adult children will inherit Charlene, a 3m saltwater crocodile.

“I am 50 and Charlie turns 50 next year so she will outlive me,” Mr Casey said.

“It got me thinking about what to do with her because she is not just some piece of furniture or antique vase.

“You can’t just pop her on the mantelpiece and give her a good dusting every six months or so.”

Charlene, or Charlie for short, has been a part of the Casey family since John was just a toddler.

She lives in an enclosure at their O’Connell River property near Mackay but keeping Charlie in the family has not always been an easy task.

Mr Casey has wrangled with environmental authorities to keep his “younger sister” ever since she was left to him by his father, Alf. “I was only young when dad brought her home. Her mother had been shot by a hunter,” Mr Casey said.

Charlie became well-known around north Queensland, often accompanying the family on holiday or for day trips to Proserpine.

But the family came close to losing Charlie for good in 1986 when she “accidentally” bit off Alf’s hand after he returned from a fishing trip.

The saltie was eventually returned to the family but the battle to keep her continues, with the Caseys’ permit to be reviewed again in October.

Mr Casey said the ongoing permit saga and his advancing age meant he had to think about the croc’s future.

Charlie the croc is just one of the many bizarre bequests that will and estate agents have lodged for clients.


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