As children my friends and I often used old tyres when messing about in rivers and lakes. They served as flotation aids and generally added to the fun, but it appears that the idea may be catching on with other species. Three holiday makers in Australia recently spotted a crocodile swimming along inside an old tyre. In fact there is a serious element to the story as it appears that the croc is trapped inside the tyre
The three friends spotted the reptile swimming near their houseboat on the Mary River, east of Darwin. The tyre doesn’t seem to affect the croc’s swimming ability, but it is making it impossible for it to hunt. Now Tom Nichols, a Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife ranger, plans to harpoon the afflicted creature in an attempt to free it of its handicap. Nichols said, “I’ll try to harpoon it during the day. If that doesn’t work, I’ll go after it at night”. Once it has been captured, the crocodile will be given a complete health check to decide whether it can be returned to the wild. Nichols said, “If the crocodile is in good condition, we’ll let it go. Otherwise I’ll bring it back to Darwin with me”.
The tyre, presumably, is beyond repair.
Denna Bowman, Head Office