SWEET DREAMS: Fisherman Ashley Sala shared a room with the 2m crocodile he caught at Ninds Creek, Innisfail, after it got caught up in his fishing line. Picture: John Flynn Source: The Cairns Post

SWEET DREAMS: Fisherman Ashley Sala shared a room with the 2m crocodile he caught at Ninds Creek, Innisfail, after it got caught up in his fishing line. Picture: John Flynn Source: The Cairns Post

Aussie Angler Sleeps with Crocodile for the Night

Cassowary Coast, Australia – a local angler who was out fishing for barramundi (Asian seabass) instead caught a saltwater crocodile known in local parlance as a “saltie”. Frustrated over the prevalence of the dangerous reptiles and what is perceived as the indifference of authorities to deal with the problem, the angler bound the two meter long creature and drove it to the home of this local city councillor Mark Nolan.

“I didn’t really know what to do so I thought I would get it untangled at home and take it to the Mayor and tell him how fed up I am with getting stalked by crocs and crocs eating my fishing rods,” Mr Sala said.

Councillor Nolan told reporters that the encounter was one of the more peculiar “house calls” he’s received in his years of public service. Nolan spoke forthrightly with his constituent and ultimately calmed him down at which time he suggested the angler hold on to the saltie overnight until it could be handed over to authorities.

The angler did something better: he spent the night in a donga (transportable single-room) where he slept on a bunk and the crocodile free roamed with its mouth securely tied shut. The following morning experts from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife safely escorted the saltie from the Donga to a crocodile farm where it was released.

“I just wanted to make sure it was safe and didn’t die during the night,” Mr Sala said.

Councillor Nolan gave the angler praise for his heroics saying that not even legendary film star “Crocodile Dundee” ever attempted that feat.

Source material:

FED-UP ANGLER MAKES SNAP DECISION TO SHARE BEDROOM WITH TWO-METRE CROCODILE
http://au.news.yahoo.com/odd/a/-/odd/17291663/fed-up-angler-makes-snap-decision-to-sleep-with-two-metre-croc/

Fisherman catches 2m croc – and gives it the bottom bunk bed
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/fisherman-catches-2m-croc-and-gives-it-the-bottom-bunk-bed/story-fnii5v6y-1226648716718