SYDNEY, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Police in Western Australia were on Thursday called to remove a wayward crocodile that had ended up venturing into an industrial site.
It is not yet known why the 2-meter predator strayed so far from the water in the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing, but officers told local media the animal appeared to be very dehydrated.
Sen. Sgt Daniel Strachan said the team, dodging "multiple snaps," managed to wrap the crocodile in a blanket using a dog lead as a noose, and escorted it by vehicle 10 km to the Fitzroy River.
"We got it to the river and we were still concerned about it because it was still sitting on the bank and it wasn't moving much and we ended up coaxing it into the water and it swam away," he said.
"I probably won't get to do that again and I'll tell you what, if it is any bigger I won't be going near one."
Riding in the vehicle with the crocodile, officer Sean Cunningham said "it actually punctured holes through the dog lead."
"As you can imagine it was a bit upset and if you got a body part in the way of that it would do fair bit of damage, at least stitches, if not a broken bone in the hand and some good damage on the arm if it grabbed you there. So it was always in the back of my mind."
"I was very aware of those jaws," he added.