Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Bloke survives attack from 10ft ‘dirty b***ard’ crocodile by biting its eyelid

A bloke has recalled the moment he was shaken like a rag doll in the monstrous jaws of a massive crocodile – and survived by biting the animal in the eyelid.

Colin Deveraux was fixing fences near the Finniss River, near Darwin, Australia when the hungry 3.2-meter beast pounced on him. The beast latched onto his foot and tried to drag him into the water.

The cattle farmer, who is in his 60s, put up a fight. But his kicks and hits did little to deter the croc from making him its latest meal.

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It wasn’t until his teeth accidentally caught the animal's eyelid that he saw a chance. Clamping down and yanking the lid forced the crocodile to release him.

Speaking to NewsAU, Mr Deveraux said: “It was a big grab and he shook me like a rag doll and took off back into the water, pulling me in. I was in such an awkward position … but by accident, my teeth caught his eyelid.

“It was pretty thick, like holding onto leather, but I jerked back on his eyelid and he let go.”

The farmer made a run for it back to his car as quickly as he could. Luckily he managed to outrun the beast, who stayed on his tail for four meters before giving up.

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His brother then drove him to the nearest hospital. It's understood he remains there recovering from his leg injury, and is awaiting a skin graft.

“Biggest problem was having to clear out all the bad bacteria [from the wound] … so all of the billabong water full of mud, goose s**t, duck s**t, and crocodile teeth marks,” he said. “It [my foot and leg] was opened up bad and over 10 days in a row, I think, they had to flush it.

“It all happened in about eight seconds I reckon. If he [the crocodile] had bitten me somewhere else it would have been different.

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“It means I’ve got to change what I do. I’ve been walking around that swamp country too long fixing fences and living life, but it’s opened my eyes.”

Mr Deveraux added the crocodile was not a risk to anyone else as it had been “removed”.

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