Live croc fished out of Sucrogen’s Victoria Mill

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 15th March 2011

The Department of Environment and Resource Management has removed a three metre saltwater crocodile from a pit at Australia’s largest sugar mill, the Sucrogen-operated Victoria Mill, at Ingham.

The crocodile fell into the three-metre deep pit on Sunday after it came up from the creek behind the mill, which was very high due to wet weather.

The production manager at Victoria Mill, Rob Stobie, told the ABC that this is the second crocodile sighted in the area in the past few days.

“The only other encounter in the mill has been a few more snakes than usual, so people are a bit wary about what they might encounter,” he said.

“I think everyone is now saying if they go in they’ll be bringing the torch with us before dawn.”

The crocodile was secured and removed from the pit under the supervision DERM wildlife officer Scott Sullivan.

It will be transported to Townsville for assessment and then offered to a crocodile farm or zoo.