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Crocodile attacks keeper during show at Australia zoo

Published on Jul 7, 2014 3:36 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - A 3.7 metre (12 feet) crocodile on Monday attacked his keeper during a school holiday feeding show at an Australian zoo, dragging him into the water before he managed to break free.

Handler Trent Burton was feeding male croc John when it grabbed him by the hand in front of horrified onlookers at Shoalhaven zoo, 160 kilometres (99 miles) south of Sydney.

The local Smith Coast Register newspaper said he was rushed to hospital with bites to both hands, although they were not thought to be serious.

Shaken elderly witness Marlene Orr said it was "the scariest thing I've ever seen in my life".

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