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Baby freshwater crocodiles discovered at pool in Mount Isa

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Nine baby freshwater crocodiles were found swimming in the Mount Isa Aquatics pool with some in the water, under tables and behind roller doors.

It is the second time crocs have been caught in the pool after a 1m freshie was discovered in the pool in 2010.

Pool director Brian Rodriquez said it was an “entertaining” surprise to find when they opened the pool for business.

“We had just opened the pool and a lap swimmer said they didn’t want to alarm me but there was a small crocodile swimming beside them in the pool,” he said.

“I jumped in with the pool scoop to get him out but then there were two, then three, then four and five.

“It is not every day you find little crocodiles swimming around.”

Six baby freshwater crocs, ranging from 20-30cm, took over the pool yesterday with the other three found hiding under tables and behind ­roller doors throughout the day.

Mr Rodriquez said he believed the reptiles were dumped in the pool around 3am yesterday by a group of pranksters.

He said CCTV footage showed a group of people loitering out the front at 3am, and by 3.20am there was vision of crocodiles swimming in the pool.

Mr Rodriquez evacuated the pool while he madly tried to catch the four-week-old creatures.

“Some of them were quite fast and didn’t want to be caught,” he said.

“It was quite entertaining actually, only because nobody got hurt.”

The crocs were put in a tank and kept at the pool overnight, they will be picked up by a local ranger today.

Mount Isa Police Sergeant Roos Kirkpatrick described it as a very “strange” occurrence.

Source: Townsville Bulletin

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