New 'Steve Irwin' Crocodile Hunter Battles 15ft Animal
A man whose been likened to crocodile hunter Steve Irwin has said that when he has no fear when trapping crocodiles - even though they could kill him.
With the season of his National Geographic show Monster Croc Wrangler due to air soon, Matt Wright has made it his mission to relocate dangerous animals so that they aren't killed when they lash out at cattle or potentially humans.
Speaking to Daily Star Online before season four is released, he said that the biggest one he ever caught was over 18ft long; for context, the world record is 20ft.
He said: "Its human-animal conflict but the animals deserve to be there and humans encroach on their land and destroy their environment so it's only fair we try and find them a new home.
"Crocs are just an animal, they're quite predictable.
"They don't really see humans as a food source and they don't want to go chasing things that are too big for them because it takes too much effort for them to tear up and eat it.
"Ideally they'd like to eat a small wallaby or a dog or a cat.. something that's a bit smaller.
A ranch manager in Australia needed Matt's expertise when his waterholes became swamped with 'salties'.
John Stafford said: "When cattle are maimed that's the end of them. They all part of the ecosystem something else will go wrong.
"You gotta manage the cattle, manage the crocs, manage the waterholes."
A 1500lb crocodile was the problem this time, with Matt warned that the huge animal was especially dangerous.
Matt admitted that he might be 'tested' by the creature.
The 15ft male crocodile, described as 'fat and healthy', was so big that he couldn't be relocated nearby as he was too much of a threat, meaning that Matt was forced to go one step further for the job.
Rather than moving him by pick up like usual, he was forced to take him by helicopter to a wildlife park where he won't pose a danger to the farmers' cattle or any locals.
When relocating them, Matt covers the animal's eyes and moved him quickly; according to the show, when stressed, lactic acid can build up in their body which can prove fatal.
Smaller females are easier to move, and can be captured by using traps that are submerged in the water.
Monster Croc Wrangler returns to Nat Geo WILD with a brand new Season 4 on October 15 at 8pm.
Featured Image Credit: National Geographic