George Craig is an 84-year-old man from Green Island, Australia, who captured Cassius the crocodile in 1987 and has lived with him ever since. At 18ft-long and weighing a ton, today Cassius is the largest crocodile in captivity. George captured Cassius 27 years ago in a river in Australia’s Northern Territory, where the beast was notorious for his huge size, which had also placed him under threat of being killed by the local population. People there considered him a big threat to humans and understandably so, after Cassius had attacked boats.
Similarly to equally famous Brutus — a 19-foot giant Australian crocodile — Cassisus is missing a front left leg, which he probably lost in a fight or to a predator when he was younger and smaller.
So George saved the reptilian’s life, but he is very well aware that the favor will not be reciprocated — Cassius will eat his human savior and keeper in an instant, if only given the chance. As Billy Craig, George’s grandson, puts it:
Cassius is aware of who George is but there are no illusions that he would eat him if he had the chance, without a doubt.
Still, whether he appreciates it or not, Cassius is lucky to live at George’s family business Marineland Melanesia, which was set up in 1969 to provide a sanctuary for problem crocodiles. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. While George is sure Cassius knows who he is, he also believes that Cassius would eat him given the chance.
2. The 18 foot, one-ton reptile is the largest captive crocodile in the world.
3. George rescued Cassius from angry Northern Territory, Australia, locals in 1987.
4. The crocodile hunter used just rope and his brave spirit to capture the aggressive animal.
5. George spent 17 years of his life battling dangerous crocodiles and moving them to his safe enclosure.
6. This real-life Crocodile Dundee owns Marineland Melanesa, a crocodile sanctuary.
7. Cassius, in 2014, looks every bit as menacing as he did when he was captured
And here are the videos of the famous Cassius:
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