A son claiming to function as “Danish Crocodile Dundee” has been chastised by Australian wildlife officials who find no humor in a “reckless” stunt where he jumped on an enormous crocodile.
Niels Jensen made waves on social media marketing Monday for hopping on the trunk of a burly saltwater crocodile, that was 15 feet and weighed over 1 roughly,430 pounds, News.com.au reported.
In the 50-second clip, which includes been viewed over 9,700 times on YouTube, the 22-year-old baits the reptile with a wallaby carcass in what’s thought to be a wildlife park near Darwin in the North Territory, according to Newsweek.
After bringing the crocodile to a halt by distracting him with the carcass, Jensen walks behind the creature, hops on its back and beams at the camera.
Though his companions could be heard giggling in the backdrop, an Australian wildlife official says the incident is not any laughing matter.
“Saltwater crocodiles are large and potentially dangerous animals and we encourage everyone to be croc-wise always,” Tracy Duldig, acting director of operations for the region’s Department of Culture and Tourism, told CairnsPost.com.au of the stunt.
According to Newsweek, Jensen is really a recent grad of a wildlife management course, and contains been busy traveling and employed in the region through.
“After seeing just what a crocodile is with the capacity of doing, I don’t think it had been dangerous, I understand [it was],” he admitted. “With a crocodile such as this that’s used to humans even, this is a scary feeling sitting on a thing that could kill you in a fraction of another.”
Moving forward, Duldig told Newsweek that Jensen may face a study – regarding not the crocodile, however the dead wallaby.
“It is a protected species in fact it is illegal to take or hinder protected wildlife. Heavy penalties can apply,” she said. “The Department … will investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.”
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