Crocodile halts pool aerobics class
Published 20/04/2010 | 09:47
A bi-weekly water aerobics class at a holiday park in northern Australia was postponed after a 5-foot-long crocodile entered the pool.
Workers at the Howard Springs Holiday Park, on the outskirts of the tropical northern city of Darwin, were preparing the pool for the class and were surprised to find the animal which had crawled under a fence from a nearby swamp.
"We went down like normal to check the pool out because Tuesdays and Thursdays the local ladies of Howard Springs do their water aerobics," park manager Geoff Thompson said.
A government ranger was brought in to remove the visitor, which was identified as a freshwater crocodile - generally considered to be capable of giving a nasty bite but rarely fatal to humans.
"They were all there waiting for the ranger to collect it and once he got it out of the water they started their aerobics," Thompson said.
The crocodile was likely to be handed to a local wildlife park.
Crocodile numbers have increased in northern Australia since hunting that pushed the animal almost to extinction was banned in 1971.