If the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin taught us anything, it’s that encounters with terrifying creatures are just part of the territory when you live in Australia. Is that a scorpion in your shoe? Just toss the little guy in the backyard. See a Great White Shark surfing next to you? Do your best to not look like a seal and keep hangin’ ten. Apparently they even expect to find life-threatening fauna in the cargo areas of airplanes down under, because that just happened with minimal fanfare.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, a crocodile escaped in the cargo hold of a Qantas flight from Brisbane to Melbourne and hung out there before being found by a baggage handler. In true Aussie fashion, “the reptile was re-captured without drama” and everyone had a good laugh. Hey, I’m glad that Australians have adapted to their treacherous environment so much that being surprised by a crocodile is no big deal, but I think this situation warrants a little more drama than “LOL, look at that crocodile! Let’s wrangle it and go get a Foster’s.”
Astonishingly, this is not the first time something like this has happened. A crocodile sparked panic after getting loose on a flight in the Democratic Republic of Congo two years ago, but the result was not so drama-free: the plane went down and 20 people perished.
Reports state that the Qantas crocodile “was not fully grown” which, combined with the unsinkable Aussie spirit, probably made it easier for everyone to get out of the situation unscathed. But that doesn’t change the fact that there was a crocodile on the loose in the belly of a plane. Seriously, if this story had more F-bombs I’d consider pitching it to Samuel L. Jackson.
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