An Australian man has been caught on camera fending off an enormous crocodile with nothing more than a frying pan. All together now: Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi!
Darwin’s Kai Hansen walloped resident saltwater croc Fred on the snout when it lunged towards him, without breaking so much as a bead of sweat. Watch the clip below:
Hansen is the owner of Goat Island Lodge on the banks of the Adelaide river and shares his home with his beloved female croc Casey, who Fred has been pestering since his recent arrival on the scene.
He also said that when Fred moved in, Casey was forced onto a walkway near the island’s heliport.
Hansen shared: “Now he’s bigger than her and that is a problem.”
Fortunately for Casey, a croc retrieval team was sent to the island to move Fred, something Hansen couldn’t be happier about.
“As soon as that happens, Casey will stop coming up there and [will] come up in her favourite spot,” he said, adding: “And all of the problems [will be] solved.”
Needless to say, Twitter was delighted by Hansen’s heroic croc-bashing, with one writing in response to the clip: “Crocodile comes at ya, grab the pan! #australia.”
Another added: “We do things differently in Australia, like hitting the alligator/crocodile with a frying pan.” A third quipped: “Only in Australia.”
A fourth echoed: “Only in Australia. I mean, where else is someone this casual about fighting off crocodiles…we’ve all seen Crocodile Dundee.”
“Nothing says Australia like an elderly publican hitting a crocodile over the head with a frying pan,” a fifth joked.
According to the Australian Backpacker’s Guide, saltwater crocs are the more aggressive of the two types found Down Under (the other being freshwater crocodiles) and can reach a whopping seven metres in length.
Terrifyingly, the outlet also notes: “Crocodile attacks in Australia are real and happen quite often. Most of the time attacks involve pets or livestock, but fatal attacks on humans also exist.”
Just last month, a woman was bitten by a croc while swimming in a lake in Western Australia that was previously thought to be swimmer-safe.
According to Newsweek, she was rushed to hospital, and thankfully soon after was in a stable condition.