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Australian Crocodile Kills Fisherman

SYDNEY - A white-headed crocodile nicknamed Michael Jackson has been shot dead, reports said Tuesday, after the predator apparently killed a fisherman in Australia's north. Credit: Associated Press Authorities were called in when a 57-year-old man disappeared after wading into the croc-infested Adelaide River to disentangle his fishing line late on Monday. Police said the man's wife was with him on the river bank but did not see the moment the animal, believed to be 4.5 metres (15 foot) long, attacked. "The initial information is that she did not see him taken but (heard) a scream and then turned around and saw a tail splashing in the water," Northern Territory duty superintendent Jo...

SYDNEY - A 3.7 metre (12 feet) crocodile on Monday attacked his keeper during a school holiday feeding show at an Australian zoo, dragging him into the water before he managed to break free. Credit: Getty Editorial Handler Trent Burton was feeding male croc John when it grabbed him by the hand in front of horrified onlookers at Shoalhaven zoo, 160 kilometres (99 miles) south of Sydney. The local Smith Coast Register newspaper said he was rushed to hospital with bites to both hands, although they were not thought to be serious. Shaken elderly witness Marlene Orr said it was "the scariest thing I've ever seen in my life". Another witness Michelle Brady told the newspaper that the trainer...

It's official: Reptiles can use tools to help them hunt. New research shows that alligators and crocodiles can use small sticks to attract birds looking for nesting materials. If the birds get too close, they become a meal. The behavior has so far been observed among American alligators in Louisiana, as well as mugger crocodiles (also known as marsh crocodiles) in India. PHOTOS: Oldest Dinosaur Nursery Found Alligators only engaged in this trickery during the nesting season and in areas where birds nested, said Vladimir Dinets, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. During nesting season, there's often a shortage of sticks in marshy areas where these reptiles...

Jaguar Attacks Crocodile

We've said this before, but it bears repeating: Cats are nature's perfect killing machines. House cats are small and, therefore, so is their prey, but when it comes to the big cats, there seems to be very little they can't take down when it's dinner time. This video of a hungry jaguar is a perfect example. The massive male cat isn't content to prey just on deer or other weak game. He's hungry for crocodile, one of the animal kingdom's other most dangerous beasts. Watch the jaguar stalk his prey like a ninja, using perfect stealth, making no mistakes. The fearsome crocodile never even stood a chance....

UK Man Lives With Pet Crocodile

When Chris Weller, 66, of Rochester, Kent, England, adopted a pet crocodile in 2007, it was not an impulsive decision. Weller has spent the six years since then proving his commitment to the crocodile, whose name is Caesar. ...