The adage that condemns a person who bites the hand the feeds him is applicable to what a saltwater crocodile at the Shoahaven Zoo in New South Wales did to its caretaker on Sunday noon.
Reports said that the reptile, named John, bit the hand of its caretaker, Trent Burton, as he was giving the croc a piece of meat and then dragged him to the water. The man had been the 3.7-metre beast's feeder and caretaker for the past 10 years.
Fortunately, John released his hold on Burton's hand when he flipped and landed on his fierce pet. All of these were happening as about 60 terrified zoo visitors witnessed the gruesome event.
Although the 31-year-old zookeeper was bleeding profusely, paramedics said his wounds were minor, but he was brought to the Shoalhaven district hospital where he was already in stable condition as of Sunday night. Doctors are still examining if the croc caused internal damages to the trainer's hand.
Reports also said that Burton had puncture marks on his right arms. His finger are intact but may require some stitches.
Zoo authorities said they would review their procedures as a result of the croc attack.