Sunday 14 September 2014

Largest Crocodile In Captivity

The largest crocodile in the world in captivity stretches 18 feet long, weighs 2,200 pounds, is an estimated 111 years old, goes by the name of Cassius (as in Cassius Clay), and would probably eat its owner if given the chance.

George Craig, 84, is the owner who has been feeding Cassius for 27 years at his Australian sanctuary on Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef. But the former crocodile hunter, referred to as the real-life Crocodile Dundee, knows it would bite the hand that feeds it.

“George likes to feed Cassius personally and after [nearly] 30 years of being his caretaker, he does have a soft spot for Cassius,” Billy Craig, George’s grandson, told Caters News Agency. “Cassius is aware of who George is, but there are no illusions that he would eat him if he had the chance, without a doubt.

“Cassius was a problem crocodile with a very aggressive nature,” Billy Craig told Caters. “He was becoming notorious and he would have almost certainly been killed if he hadn’t been removed and taken to a safe place by my grandfather.
“He captured him in the old-fashioned way—with ropes and a brave spirit.”

Cassius was loaded onto a truck and transported 1,850 miles to Cairns, and then was boated to Green Island where he was named after Cassius Clay the boxer because of all his battle scars.

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