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.