Crocodile fished out of Northern Territory tourist park pool


A crocodile enjoying a dip in a caravan park swimming pool made such a splash that tourists had to abandon their water aerobics class.

Tourists at the Northern Territory caravan park woke to find a 1.5-metre croc enjoying the pool.

The freshwater crocodile did not want his luxury holiday to end and refused to leave the park to make way for the scheduled aqua aerobics class.

Rangers were called to the Howard Springs Holiday Park, about 30km southeast of Darwin, about 9am (CST) on Tuesday to remove the reptile.

“The crocodile gave one of the crocodile management rangers a bit of a run-around, having to chase it around the pool,” NT Parks and Wildlife senior ranger Tom Nichols said in a statement.

“The crocodile did not have any markings so we believe it to be a wild animal,” he said.

“While we can’t be sure how it got there, it’s likely it came through the swamps that join up from the Howard River.

“The ranger managed to capture and remove it with a scoop net.”

The NT crocodile management team also removed two estuarine crocodiles measuring 3.5m and 3.3m from permanent traps in Darwin Harbour on Tuesday morning.