An Australian man was eaten alive by a rare albino crocodile in the Adelaide River on Monday afternoon – and the tragic incident took place right in front of his wife, reports Mashable.
The 57-year-old fisherman, whose name has not been released, reportedly waded into the river to untangle his fishing line when the 15-foot saltwater crocodile, named Michael Jackson, bit into him and tackled him down into the water, reports Jakarta Post. The man’s wife was nearby, but Northern Territory Police Duty Superintendent Jo Foley says she didn’t see what happened and only heard “a scream and then turned around and saw a tail splashing in the water.”
The river is known for being home to many deadly predators, including the rare albino croc. Tourists often visit the area to spot the crocodiles and Rob Marchard, who runs Jumping Croc cruises, says this particular animal was no different than any other.
“Michael Jackson was one in a million, and unfortunately being an albino would have been picked on by all the others, it’s a big pecking order,” Marchard said. “The croc has only been doing what nature intended it to do, and that’s survive. They know how to do three major things: eat, reproduce and aggression. If you’re not going to look after yourself, you’ll find yourself being eaten.”
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The man’s body was reportedly discovered by searchers using boats. They shot the crocodile responsible for the man’s death.
This incident marks the third deadly croc attack in Australia this year. A 12-year-old boy and a fisherman were both killed by crocodiles in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.