Barefoot Bushman Rob Bredl, with one of his ‘pet’ crocodiles at his property at Bloomsbury. He says he could capture the Proserpine River crocodile Fat Guts, which was shot with an arrow last month.
Barefoot Bushman Rob Bredl, with one of his ‘pet’ crocodiles at his property at Bloomsbury. He says he could capture the Proserpine River crocodile Fat Guts, which was shot with an arrow last month. Sharon Smallwood

Conservationist offers to capture injured crocodile

PAUL Hogan eat your heart out.

Renowned Australian conservationist and Whitsunday resident Rob Bredl, aka the Barefoot Bushman, has offered to capture Proserpine River crocodile Fat Guts and remove an arrow lodged in the animal's neck.

Fat Guts was shot in mid-May, and while the reptile hasn't shown any signs of distress, Mr Bredl said the arrow was undoubtedly causing pain.

"This arrow has a blade so every time it moves it must be cutting tissue," he said.

"It's not going to cause him (Fat Guts) any grief but it's in there cutting him every time he moves."

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) has made two unsuccessful attempts to trap Fat Guts and has said no further attempts will be made.

Mr Bredl first began helping his father trap and breed crocodiles at age 11 at the family farm on the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Now 63, he reckons he could offer a helping hand to Fat Guts.

"We want to work together for the common good of the crocodile," he said.

"I've caught several hundred of them when I had a croc farm and I've got the gear."

Mr Bredl said the standard way to trap a crocodile involved "harpooning" two fish hooks into the animal's skin, a sensation he said would feel similar to "getting a needle at the doctor".

But the department is unlikely to accept Mr Bredl's offer.

EHP department nature conservation services executive director Geoff Clare said it was in the best interests of the crocodile to avoid the stress of capture unless Fat Guts' condition deteriorated.

Should the Barefoot Bushman be allowed to catch Fat Guts?

This poll ended on 07 June 2013.

Current Results

Yes

90%

No

9%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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