'He shook me like a rag doll': Farmer survives crocodile attack by biting back on its eyelid

8 November 2023, 19:50

Mr Deveraux was attacked by a crocodile
Mr Deveraux was attacked by a crocodile. Picture: Getty

By Kit Heren

An Australian cattle farmer has survived a crocodile attack by biting it back on the eyelid.

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Colin Deveraux, who is in his mid-60s, was attacked by a 3.2 metre salt-water crocodile in rural northern Australia.

He was walking to repair some fencing by the Finniss River, south of the city of Darwin, when he stopped at a small lake.

"The water had receded and it was down to this dirty water in the middle," he said. "I took two steps and the dirty b****** [the crocodile] latched onto my right foot," he told ABC.

"It was a big grab and he shook me like a rag doll and took off back into the water, pulling me in."

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Mr Deveraux first tried to kick the crocodile in the ribs, before deciding to bite back.

"I was in such an awkward position … but by accident my teeth caught his eyelid," he said.

"It was pretty thick, like holding onto leather, but I jerked back on his eyelid and he let go.

"I leapt away and took off with great steps up to where my car was.

"He chased me for a bit, maybe four metres, but then stopped."

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Mr Deveraux got a towel and some rope to stop the bleeding. His brother then drove him 80 miles to the hospital in Darwin, where he needed treatment critically for his wound.

"It [my foot and leg] was opened up bad and over ten days in a row, I think, they had to flush it."

Mr Deveraux added: "It all happened in about eight seconds I reckon," he said. "If he [the crocodile] had bitten me somewhere else it would have been different.

He received a skin graft on his leg and spent nearly a month in hospital. He is due to be discharged this week.

Mr Deveraux said the crocodile that attacked him had been "removed" and would not be attacking anyone else.