Drunk man tries to 'ride' crocodile in Broome
09:00 AEST Tue Jul 13 2010
38 minutes ago
By Jack Hawke, ninemsn
A man has undergone surgery after he drunkenly broke into a Broome reptile park and jumped on the back of a 5m crocodile.
The 36-year-old man, who had earlier been kicked out of a nearby pub for being intoxicated, climbed the fence of the wildlife park and entered the crocodile enclosure at about 10pm (AWST) last night.
Police said the man first approached a 2.8m saltwater crocodile and tried to give it a drink of beer before jumping on the back of the larger beast.
"He's left that compound and gone to another one that's had a 5m crocodile — come up behind that crocodile, (and) decided it'd be a good idea to sit on its back," a police spokesman told ninemsn.
"The animal turned and grabbed hold of his right leg.
"He was taken to Broome Hospital to undergo surgery for severe lacerations to the leg."
It is understood the park's owner, well-known bush adventurer Malcolm Douglas, does not want to press charges over the incident.