Most dog owners consider their four-legged companions to be members of the family, and when a crocodile attacked one Australian woman’s dog, she didn’t hesitate to do whatever she possibly could to save it.
“While some of her dogs were running around having fun, one of her smaller dogs was sitting on the edge of the causeway when she noticed a crocodile came up and took it down into the water,” Duty Superintendant James O’Brien explained. “She was extremely frightened and jumped in straight away, fearing for her dog’s safety.
“She was up to her knees and reached into the water and found her dog under the water. She hopped out straight away, went onto dry land where she tended to her dog, which was coughing up quite a lot of water and had some minor scratches on it,” O’Brien said after the incident, which occurred at a park in the Northern Territory behind a primary school and is near Charles Darwin University’s campus.
“Her actions are really brave — obviously she had no consideration for her own safety with a crocodile in the area, albeit a one-metre-long crocodile — but yeah, she had no thought for her own safety, only for her dog — so very brave but we wouldn’t recommend it to everybody who’s in that situation,” O’Brien said.
And while the 52-year-old woman and her dog were both shaken from the attack, she didn’t blame the wild animal for doing what is natural and told the police she’d be more careful and keep her dogs on leashes.