A teenager in Australia has escaped one of the strongest animals in the world after going for a swim in a river. The teenager was attacked by a crocodile after he decided to swim in a river at night.
The 18 year old didn’t escape without any injuries but he reportedly punched the crocodile in the head while he was being attacked. The punch may have saved his life as the teenager suffered injuries on his left arm. The Queensland Ambulance Service said the teenager was attacked in Johnstone River. The river and nearby areas are known for being the home to some crocodiles. A QAS official told reporters that the teenager jumped in as a dare while he was with his friends.
The dare turned out to be a very bad idea as the teenager not only jumped in the river but also did it at night, when it is even more difficult to see crocodiles nearby. The teenager escaped the crocodile but the QAS official said he is very fortunate that he survived this incident and was able to be rescued. The teenager escaped with injuries on his left arm and the QAS official said he will undergo surgery.
The crocodile population in Australia is estimated at 100,000 to 200,000. The population has increased since laws protecting them were introduced in 1970. Australia, which is home to some of the deadliest animals in the world, has actually seen the population of crocodiles increase from 3,000 to more than 80,000 in the Northern Territory since the laws were introduced. Estimates say eleven people have been killed by saltwater crocodiles in north Australia in the last 35 years. Saltwater crocodiles can live up to 70 years and weigh more than 1000 pounds. Saltwater crocodiles, the species behind the most attacks in the country, have been spotted in the river in recent years.
The teenager was attacked in the river just before 2:30 am and local newspaper The Cairns Post reported that he escaped the crocodile by punching it in the head with his right arm. The teenager was dared to jump in the river and was reportedly attacked by a male saltwater crocodile. The QAS official also said his friends helped him survive by getting him out of the water quickly. Paramedics treated him after the attack but the teenager will undergo surgery due to the injuries the crocodile left on his arm.