Hopes fade for crocodile boy

Hopes were fading for a nine-year-old boy taken by a 13ft crocodile in northern Australia, which police said was being fed by the local community.

The child was swimming with a group of people at Port Bradshaw, 80km south of the town of Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory, on Saturday when he was grabbed.

Adults threw spears at the animal but it responded by dragging the boy into deeper water and no sign has been seen of him since.

Northern Territory police said the crocodile had lived side by side with the Nhulunbuy community for 20 years.

“The croc was believed to be very old and the community had interacted with it in the past,” a police spokesman said. “From time to time they threw it food, or left fish carcasses out. Not a wise move.”


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