Crocodile Named John Attacks Zookeeper in Front of Terrified Visitors

A crocodile with a human name in Australia attacked his handler this week during a feeding show. Trent Burton eventually managed to get loose from the twelve-foot crocodile, whose name is John, and escaped with only minor injuries.

The incident happened at the Shoalhaven Zoo in New South Wales while onlookers watched, horrified. Michelle Orr, who the BBC describes as an "elderly onlooker," told the press that it was the scariest thing she'd ever seen.

Via the BBC:

Another eyewitness, Michelle Brady, from nearby Albion Park, said the keeper had a narrow escape.

"He was feeding him meat, and the crocodile took it before the designated [feeding] area," she told the local Smith Coast Register newspaper.

"So the trainer went to grab it out of the crocodile's mouth, and the crocodile just grabbed the trainer's hand and pulled him to the ground and dragged him into the water."

Burton, who has handled crocodiles at the zoo for ten years, was dragged into the water but was able to break himself free. He was taken to a local hospital and treated for puncture wounds to his hands. The zoo said it would be reviewing its safety policies in response to the incident.

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