Elderly community members who frequent an aged care facility in the Northern Territory had an unexpected visitor last month, a freshwater crocodile, whose arrival caused lots of excitement in the small community of Ngukurr.
The crocodile was about 75 centimetres long and initially nestled itself under the wheelchair access ramp of the centre, said Roper Gulf Regional Council spokesperson Cameron Ingham.
After being spotted by aged care workers, the croc ran under the stilted building to hide, he said.
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Ngukurr is a small Aboriginal community about 331km south-east of Katherine.
Its aged care facility, which provides meals and activities for elderly locals, was closed for the day while rangers tried to remove the rogue reptile.
But Ingham said the centre ended up becoming the community’s main attraction that day, with everyone wanting to see the little croc.
“Everyone thought it was very exciting. It was the talk of Ngukurr,” the council services manager said.
“Most were having a laugh about it. They thought it was quite exciting. I think it might have been one of the few times a crocodile has actually come within the community.”
Local rangers made several unsuccessful attempts to catch the crocodile while it was under the building, before eventually placing some chicken meat near an opening to entice the reptile out.
Ingham said when rangers checked the facility the next morning, the crocodile had crawled out of the area.
“There are nearby rivers. We had a lot of rain in the previous month, so those rivers got a lot larger than they already were,” he said.
“As they started to shrink, then the crocodiles have been left behind”
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