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Crocodile Drags Sleeping Camper From Tent in Australia

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By    |   Monday, 25 Apr 2016 11:56 AM

A 10-foot crocodile dragged a sleeping camper from his tent early Monday in Australia's Northwest Territory, but let go of the man's bloody foot after a punch in the nose, according to The Guardian.

Peter Rowsell, 19, was "pulled from his tent" about 4:30 a.m. when the crocodile grabbed his right foot while he was asleep. He told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. he woke up when he felt something at his foot.

"I was down at Dorisvale, and at about 4:30 this morning, I was sleeping in a mozzie net, and ... I woke up and there was something shaking my foot, and I woke up and had a look and it was three to four meters long," Rowsell said.

Rowsell said he managed to escape after hitting the crocodile "once or twice." 

Gail Liston, the Northwest Territory Department of Health spokeswoman, told NT News that the crocodile slipped back into the water after the attack. Rowsell's family drove him 2 ½ hours to Katherine Hospital where be was in stable condition late Monday.

Rowsell was being treated with antibiotics to prevent infection, officials said.

"It's not a serious injury, he's very lucky," Liston told NT News.

Rowsell told ABC News his tent was about 15 meters away from Dorisvale Crossing, but Adam Britton, a crocodile specialist and Charles Darwin University's senior research associate, said the tent was not far enough away from the water.

"If he's camping 15 meters from the water, that is too close," Britton told ABC News. "And the official recommendation with croc-wise is 50 meters minimum. People break the 50-meter rule all the time. I mean I've done it myself in the past, but I don't think I'd do it today, that's for sure."

"Crocodiles are inherently curious animals; they really quite like to check things out. Sometimes that means they're hungry and they want to check out what the food is, and sometimes they just want to have a stickybeak. Unfortunately that means you're potentially going to get bitten." 

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