The second crocodile in the Mary River.
The second crocodile in the Mary River. Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Listen for the pitter patter of little croc feet

OPINION: So it has been confirmed that there are two creatures of magnificent, prehistoric beauty living in our glorious Mary River.

I refer, of course, to our pair of Mary Croccins, or crocodiles, that have taken up residence on river banks near Beaver Rock.

By all accounts, they seem quite contented there - even that big flood in January couldn't wash them away.

They seem to pose little to no threat - no more than the bull sharks, which are almost certainly also swimming around that peaceful river, pose anyway.

So why the focus on removing them?

Humans have this obsession with trying to control their environment; even when we go into an area that really isn't our domain, like the ocean, we still want to somehow dominate it.

Rangers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection have tried to tempt the crocodiles with tasty treats, such as pork and chicken, in an attempt to relocate them.

The crocs, pardon the pun, refuse to take the bait.

Maybe they are happy here, in the ecosystem many claimed they wouldn't be able to thrive in.

Maybe humans should stop pretending they know so much and leave them alone.

Imagine if it's a male and female croc.

We could soon be welcoming crocodile babies in the Mary; it could even be a tourism boost if someone offered a croc cruise.

And frankly, I'm much more excited about croc babies than the royal baby.



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