Fluffy The Crocodile

23 Dec

Fluffy’ the crocodile was in a bad state when he arrived in Cairns vet Doug English’s surgery, but thanks to a two-hour midnight operation he is set to make a full recovery.

Two Saturdays ago Dr English received a late night call from a local farmer who found the crocodile dying on the roadside after being hit by a bus in the Cairns suburbs.

The farmer wrapped up the feisty croc in a blanket and took it to the surgery in the back of his car.

When the 1.3m saltie arrived it still had a duck in its mouth, earning it the nickname ‘Fluffy’.

The gaping wound in its side was serious and Dr English believes he would have died within hours if left on the roadside.

“We had to sew it up right away; all its guts were out,” Dr English told ninemsn.

Although wounded and more sedate than usual, the croc still needed two men to wrestle it and hold it down.

“It would bite you badly, it wouldn’t pull your arm off but mate, it would do a fair bit of damage. So we had to guard against that,” he said.

“If you pulled it by the tail it would hiss and carry on. You had to have a firm grip because it was fairly strong.”

Fluffy was given two rows of stitches, antibiotics and some close attention for a few days while he healed.

“After a few days it started to get a bit snappy and cranky, so we knew she would be alright,” Dr English said.

The croc has since been moved to a local zoo and is already swimming again. The zoo will decide whether to release him back into the wild.


Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


10 responses to “Fluffy The Crocodile

  1. prenin

    December 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Amazing wildlife you have in Australia!!! LoL!!!

    Good of the guy to rescue it though – amazing what damage a croc can receive and still live!!!

    Merry Christmas and God Bless!


    • The Emu

      December 24, 2011 at 7:02 am

      Cheers mate , we get news like that on our TV on a regular basis
      Our wildlife is part of our everyday life , wishing you a great day tomorrow
      Our Christmas is tomorrow , not sure when yours is , anyway have a great day
      Ian aka Emu

  2. natswans

    December 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Emu I love stories like these I am happy for the Little guy. Fluffy was only doing what comes natural , so thankful for these people who do such a grand job.
    Rain here in the West country with wind to boot.
    Have a good Day and thanks for the Smile. 🙂
    Sheila Hugs

    • The Emu

      December 24, 2011 at 7:07 am

      Hi Sheila , these little snippets appear on our news on a regular baxis
      Our wildlife here is actually a part of our life and we live together
      Our weather here is hot now with temps at 45 , so we are nowhere near having weather like yours
      I wish you a beautiful Christmas
      Ian aka Emu

  3. Sue Dreamwalker

    December 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Glad to hear that someone cared enough to save the Croc.. All life is sacred and precious.. even the snappy Croc… I hope she has a long life..

    Just dropping in Emu to wish you and Ana too a Happy Christmas.. thanks mate for all of your comments over the years, and love to Ana, Don’t get too much weight on over the Chrissy festivities now with all those goodies Ana will cook.. Take Care… Hugs Sue x

    • The Emu

      December 24, 2011 at 7:17 am

      Hi Sue , thats just a bit of news from our TV over here
      We get bits of wildlife on our news on a regular basis
      We live in a xountry where we interact with wildlife
      Tomorrow is our Christmas day , not sure when yours is
      bye as I said before I wish you a beautiful Christmas
      Ian aka Emu

  4. kate58

    December 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    DUDE! That pic scared me, LOL!

    • The Emu

      December 24, 2011 at 6:59 am

      Sorry that scared you Princess , that is a normal item we get on our news here
      In Australia we have a lot of wildlife and we live with it everyday
      Wishing you a great Christmas , tomorrow is our day , not sure when yours is
      Wishing you much happiness for Christmas
      Ian aka Emu

  5. suemacarthur

    December 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Why would any one drive away and leave it hurt on the road,
    nice story Ian glad she going to be ok
    Merry Christmas to you both
    Take care

    • The Emu

      December 24, 2011 at 6:57 am

      Hi Sue , thanks for commenting , this was on our news here , hope you are not too hot over your way , bloody 45 here
      and forcast to be a hot Christmas day tonorrow ,have a great day with lots of love
      Ian and Ana


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