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Thu Sep 29 07:02:57 SAST 2016

'Lucky' bite for Barefoot Bushman

AFP | 23 September, 2016 07:25

A crocodile handler known as the "Barefoot Bushman" was seriously hurt after being mauled by a massive creature while feeding it at an Australian wildlife park yesterday.

Rob Bredl, 66, was bitten by the 4.5m crocodile at Bredl's Wild Farm in Bloomsbury on Queensland state's central coast.

He suffered a "severe laceration to his left hand and also some bite marks to his lower right leg", paramedic Heather Shields said. "[He was] extremely lucky. It was a fully grown adult crocodile about 4.5m long, so he is very lucky."

Shields said there were "a lot of bystanders and tourists present" and they helped to staunch the bleeding before paramedics arrived. Bredl was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Bredl is known as the Barefoot Bushman because of his tendency to shun shoes even when dealing with crocodiles.

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