Brutus is a 19-foot giant Australian crocodile who became an internet sensation after he killed and devoured a bull shark a few days ago. But now we learn that this is not the first time in his long and eventful life that Brutus has found himself in the spotlight of media attention.
The two-ton beast, who is believed to be about 80 years old, first made headlines during the “jumping crocodile” tour in 2011, during which he would jump out of the water to feast on some kangaroo meat.
Brutus is also known for missing his front right leg, which is believed to have been bitten off by a shark, presumably at a time when the huge reptile wasn’t quite big enough to eat his predatory challengers. Harry Bowman from Adelaide River Cruises says:
We get a lot of requests about Brutus. We get many phone calls, are you the one who has Brutus? Have we got the right tour to see Brutus? You could say he’s a local celebrity.
He’s been with us for quite a few years, we can’t guarantee that he’ll come out at every cruise, but he makes appearances pretty regularly.
As you might suspect, what makes Brutus so attractive are his “sheer size and the fact he’s missing a leg”. And he never disappoints. Mr. Bowman explains:
It’s pretty gobsmacking for them [the tourists]. A lot of people who come on these cruises haven’t seen a crocodile before. To see them in the wild up so close, I think they’re awed. It’s like seeing a dinosaur really, that’s what a lot of them say.
Well, I am hugely impressed, too. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. This is the moment a 19-foot crocodile named Brutus latched onto a bull shark in the Northern Territory on Tuesday.
2. Brutus, the 19-foot crocodile first made international headlines when he was snapped in this 2011 photo.
3. Brutus is believed to be 80 years old.
4. Brutus the crocodile has been a key attraction on river cruises in the Northern Territory for years.
5. Many tourists are calling up Adelaide River Cruises to see whether they’ll get to see the famous beast.
6. It is believed that Brutus lost his right leg in a fight with a shark years ago, although he clearly came out the winner in his fight with a bull shark on Tuesday.
7. Harry Bowman from Adelaide River Cruises says: “We get a lot of requests about Brutus. We get many phone calls, are you the one who has Brutus?”.
8. As you might suspect, what makes Brutus so attractive are his “sheer size and the fact he’s missing a leg”.
9. ‘Jumping crocodile’ cruises are very popular with tourists, the cruises allow visitors to get very close to the dangerous crocs.
And here are the videos:
Source: The Mail Online.
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