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Crocodile takes Australian boy, mauls another

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:44 p.m. HST, Jan 27, 2014

DARWIN, Australia » Rangers resumed hunting today for a 13-foot crocodile that snatched a 12-year-old boy and mauled his friend as they swam in a water hole in a popular Outback tourist destination in northern Australia.

The missing boy was taken by a saltwater crocodile as he and four other boys swam on Sunday afternoon at Mudginberri Billabong in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, southeast of the Northern Territory capital of Darwin, Police Sergeant Stephen Constable said.

Moments earlier, his 12-year-old friend was mauled as he fought the crocodile and sustained deep wounds to both arms, he said.

"One boy fought off the crocodile, and then the crocodile turned and took the other boy," Constable told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.

The missing boy is from the small Aboriginal settlement of Mudginberri, west of the uranium mining town of Jabiru.

Police and park rangers searched with spot lights for the crocodile and boy by land and boat into Sunday night. A fresh team of searchers resumed the hunt after dawn on Monday.

Sign posts throughout Kakadu warn visitors not to swim in waterways because of the crocodile danger.

Crocodile numbers have exploded across Australia's tropical north since the species was protected by federal law in 1971. The crocodile population is densest in the Northern Territory, where Kakadu National Park is located, and is promoted as a major tourist attraction.

A 26-year-old man was killed by a 15.4-foot crocodile last August as he swam across the Mary River, southeast of Darwin.

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leino wrote:
We are fortunate that not too many large animals eat people ... It is the microscopic ones that take the most down.
on January 27,2014 | 05:07AM
cojef wrote:
Don't tempt Mother Nature. One enters the crocodile's domain and the odds are vastly not in your favor.
on January 27,2014 | 05:21AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Took him where?
on January 27,2014 | 06:56AM
dlum003 wrote:
You have to be kidding! How d umb is it for parents to let their kids swim anywhere in the northern territory? Everyone and their mother knows the place is absolutely teeming with Crocs.
on January 27,2014 | 08:07AM
Talk about dumb. Do you really think the parents LET them swim. ("oh, yea, go ahead boys enjoy a nice swim with the crocs". I'm sure that is exactly what the parents said) numbskull.
on January 27,2014 | 12:13PM
primo1 wrote:
Australia has some of the deadliest creatures on earth. Sharks, crocs, box jellies are just the tip of the outback. The Land Down Under is home to three of the most venomous snakes in the world (Australia is the only place on earth where venomous snakes outnumber non-venomous), and the Cassowary - world's deadliest bird, nearly as big as an ostrich (which has also claimed some lives) with 6" talons. People have even died from kangaroo attacks. Think I'll go somewhere else on my vacation...
on January 27,2014 | 08:23AM
copperwire9 wrote:
But what exquisitely beautiful country.
on January 27,2014 | 10:03AM
nitpikker wrote:
you would think the aussies would know by now, at least the ones that aren't dead drunk. and the aboriginals.
on January 27,2014 | 09:54AM
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