Third croc captured
A THIRD croc has been hauled from the Endeavour River and into captivity, as the quest to unravel the mystery disappearance of Brisbane camper Arthur Booker continues.
In a first for the Environmental Protection Agency, the 3.5m saltie will undergo an X-ray examination in Cairns today, with two animals already pulled from the water.
Mr Booker, 62, disappeared last Tuesday after making a final check on crabpots near the campground where he and wife Doris, 60, had been staying.
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He is believed to have either tumbled into the river, where he fell prey to crocs, or to have been snatched by one of the giant predators as he made his check.
The EPA's Michael Devery told The Cairns Post the giant reptiles would be X-rayed at a Cairns vet clinic today.
"The EPA hasn't been involved in a croc X-ray," Mr Devery said.
"It's a big animal but the facility we're using has a large X-ray machine.
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"We'll use appropriate person power to put that animal through the X-ray."
The 3.5m male and a 2.6m female captured on Saturday will be driven from Cooktown to EPA sheds at Portsmith where they will join a 4.3m male already in captivity before the examination.
The big saltie, who weighs between 400kg and 500kg, had already undergone an endoscopy Mr Devery said.
"But that wasn't enough to determine anything," he said.
Another three traps remain in the Endeavour River, outside Cooktown.
"But that will be assessed after examination of the animals," Mr Devery said.
"We'll see what's revealed."
From the archives: A young Bob Katter makes no bones about what he thinks of crocs, even fibreglass ones!
Gotcha: A third croc has been hauled from the Endeavour River and into captivity, as the quest to unravel the mystery disappearance of a Brisbane camper Arthur Booker continues.