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Crocodile eats beloved terrier that spent a decade taunting it 

Crocodile eats beloved terrier that spent a decade taunting it A crocodile in Australia has eaten a small dog that had taunted it for a decade and was famous for chasing the eleven-foot reptile into the water. To the horror of guests at a riverside lodge who had gathered to watch the spectacle, the saltwater crocodile did not scurry towards the water as the dog ran at its head.  Instead, as the dog’s owner, Kai Hansen, said, the crocodile "did what crocs do” and clenched the dog in its teeth before returning to the water.  Mr Hansen said he was “really sad” and had not watched the graphic footage of the incident, which was captured by onlookers.  But  he said he did not blame the  220-pound crocodile  for attacking his  15-pound dog. Casey the crocodile on Goat Island “It was something that had a high probability of happening sometime,” Mr Hansen told ABC News. "She's not doing something wrong, she's just doing what crocs do. In the early days she actually had a go at me a couple of times. These days I just throw food out from up the top and no-one is allowed to walk down there." Mr Hansen runs the Goat Island Lodge, a ramshackle lodge on the crocodile-infested Adelaide River, south of Darwin in the Northern Territory.  Guests captured footage of the dog being eaten and could be heard gasping and yelling expletives. A crocodile expert, Adam Britton, said the creature should not be destroyed for eating the dog and may not necessarily attack humans. He said crocodiles which attacked people effectively learnt how to target “large prey items”. "The dog got right up close to the crocodile's head," Mr Britton told ABC News. "That basically triggers a reflex reaction, and a crocodile, if you get that close to its head, it doesn't even think about it — it will just strike. If a crocodile attacks a person it's a little bit different because … that can potentially lead to it getting [another] large prey item, to put it bluntly." Mr Britton said the incident was a reminder to people to stay away from crocodile habitats, particularly if small dogs were present.



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Zimbabwe Couple Weds Days After Crocodile Bites Off Bride's Arm

Zimbabwe Couple Weds Days After Crocodile Bites Off Bride's ArmThe bride was still recovering after losing an arm



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British man weds bride days after saving her life when crocodile bit her arm off

British man weds bride days after saving her life when crocodile bit her arm offA British man has described the moment he desperately fought to save his fiancee as her arm was bitten off by a crocodile, five days before they got married. Jamie Fox, 27, wed Zanele Ndlovu in a Zimbabwean hospital. "In one week we went from shock and agony to a truly amazing experience," he said. Fox and his then fiancée, Miss Ndlovu, 25, were canoeing in an inflatable boat on the Zambezi, one of Africa's longest rivers, when they were attacked by a crocodile on April 30. Mr Fox managed to pull his fiancee, a former national tennis player, back out of the water and applied a makeshift tourniquet, but she had lost so much blood it was feared that she may die from the wound. "I was shouting, trying to save her,” he said. “She was not complaining of pain when we managed to pull her out of the water, maybe because of the shock. We were hoping the doctors would save her arm but that was not to be." Doctors were unable to save Zenele Ndlovu's right arm Credit: AP Miss Ndlovu was rushed to Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo but lost her right arm and suffered injuries to her left hand. Five days later, they married in the hospital chapel. "We were glad we still had our lives and managed to keep our wedding date, although we had to do with a much smaller venue,” Mr Fox added. “The celebrations went ahead at the original venue but Zanele and I had to remain at the hospital.” He described the wedding as "incredible". The couple had dated for around 18 months before he proposed in February. The couple are hoping to settle in the UK Credit: Jamie Fox/Facebook It is believed Mr Fox’s mother, Jennette, 58, and his sister Sophie, 24, flew over from their home in Orpington, Kent, to attend the wedding. “We are hoping to settle in the UK so we are sorting out her visa and then we will think of the honeymoon," he added. Miss Ndlovu was discharged from the hospital on Monday.



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Remains found in crocodile believed to be missing Queensland pensioner

Remains found in crocodile believed to be missing Queensland pensionerHuman remains have been found inside a crocodile that is believed to have killed a pensioner in Queensland last week.  The 4.3-metre estuarine crocodile was captured on Monday night at the Mowbray River near Craiglie in northeast Australia, close to where Anne Cameron went missing from an aged care facility near Port Douglas seven days ago. The 79-year-old is thought to have become disorientated on a walk and wandered into dense bushland. Police later found clothing, a walking stick with her name and human remains beside a crocodile-infested creek near Four Mile Beach, about a mile from the aged care facility. Wildlife officers set traps  to try to catch the creature that is believed to have killed Ms Cameron. The captured animal was examined in Cairns on Tuesday, with human remains found inside. A Saltwater Crocodile is pictured at the Australian Reptile Park in Sydney  Credit:  Ian Waldie/Getty Images "Investigations continue with officers preparing a report for the coroner," police said. Isabella Eggins, a granddaughter of Ms Cameron, said  last week the family feared she had died in tragic circumstances. “It is my deep regret to inform you that following an extensive search and the discovery of certain items as a result of that search, we have the firm belief that my mother Anne Cameron has passed away in tragic circumstances,” Ms Eggins said on Facebook. Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to seven metres long and weigh more than a tonne, are a common feature of the vast continent's tropical north and kill an average of two people a year. A series of crocodile attacks in the region in recent years has prompted calls for the state government to order a cull – a move that has so far been rejected. Ms Cameron's family also said they did not want to see any crocs culled. "The crocodiles… are not responsible for being crocodiles, and doing what crocodiles do," her son Craig Eggins said, according to the Cairns Post.



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Crocodile suspected in death of UK reporter in Sri Lanka

Crocodile suspected in death of UK reporter in Sri LankaCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan navy divers on Friday found the body of a British journalist who is believed to have been attacked by a crocodile while holidaying with friends on a beach.



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Crocodile suspected in death of UK reporter in Sri Lanka

Crocodile suspected in death of UK reporter in Sri LankaCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan navy divers on Friday found the body of a British journalist who is believed to have been attacked by a crocodile while holidaying with friends on a beach.



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Reporter, 24, Dragged to His Death by Crocodile While Vacationing in Sri Lanka

Reporter, 24, Dragged to His Death by Crocodile While Vacationing in Sri LankaPaul McLean was on vacation when the beast is believed to have dragged him into a river.



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Financial Times Reporter Dies After Crocodile Drags Him Underwater

Financial Times Reporter Dies After Crocodile Drags Him UnderwaterThe reporter had broken away from the gang and wandered into a lagoon to wash his hands when he was attacked by the crocodile and dragged into the water.



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Body of British journalist killed by crocodile found in Sri Lanka

Body of British journalist killed by crocodile found in Sri LankaSri Lankan police Friday found the body of a 24-year-old British journalist, Paul McClean, who is suspected to have been killed by a crocodile. Divers found McClean’s corpse in the mud of a lagoon in the coastal village of Panama, 360 kilometres (225 miles) east of the capital Colombo by road, a police spokesman said. “There were six or seven wounds on his right leg,” a police official told AFP.



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A terrifying crocodile relative, with teeth like a T. rex, may have taken on dinosaurs

A terrifying crocodile relative, with teeth like a T. rex, may have taken on dinosaursMeet "Razana," a gigantic lizard ancestor with the teeth of a T. rex and the body of a crocodile. The prehistoric beast — formally named
Razanandrongobe sakalavae — was likely a top predator in Madagascar about 170 million years ago, when dinosaurs also roamed the planet, a team of Italian and French paleontologists said Tuesday. SEE ALSO: 99-million-year-old bird fossil has been found preserved in amber and it's truly exquisite Razana had a massive jaw bone lined with enormous jagged teeth, which were similar in size and shape to those of a
Tyrannosaurus rex, the scientists wrote in a study published July 4 in the journal
PeerJ. That suggests the teeth were sharp enough to slice through hard tissue such as bone and tendon. An illustration of the head of Razana.Image: Fabio ManucciAlthough the ancient lizard's body was long and lean like that of a modern crocodile, Razana was made even more beastly by its deep skull shape and powerful straight limbs, the fossils indicated. Paleontologists said Razana appears to be by far the oldest and largest representative of a group of croc-like animals called Notosuchians. Little is known about the origin and early evolution of this group, and until now, these animals hadn't been known to exist during the Jurassic period. "Like these and other gigantic crocs from the [more recent] Cretaceous, Razana could outcompete even theropod dinosaurs at the top of the food chain," Cristiano Dal Sasso, the study's lead author and a researcher at the Natural History Museum of Milan, said in a statement. Paleontologists Cristiano Dal Sasso (right) and Simone Maganuco (left) exhibit some skull bones of Razana in Milan.Image: Giovanni BindelliniThe Madagascar fossils are thought to predate other forms of the Notosuchia by 42 million years, according to the study. The Razana seems to have roamed the area when Madagascar, which is now an island, was separating from the giant landmass of southern continents known as Gondwana, Simone Maganuco, a co-author of the study, said in a statement. "It represents a further signal that the Notosuchia originated in southern Gondwana," he said. WATCH: Toy dinosaurs chase real people in this ’Jurassic Park’ remake



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