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Australia crocodile 'bites camper's foot'

BBC News BBC News 26/04/2016
A large saltwater crocodile shows aggression as a boat passes by on the Adelaide river 60 kilometers (35 miles) from Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory, Saturday, 15 October 2005: Mr Rowsell was reportedly attacked by a saltwater crocodile while he was sleeping © AP Mr Rowsell was reportedly attacked by a saltwater crocodile while he was sleeping

An Australian camper has described how he woke up to find a crocodile had entered his tent and was biting his foot.

Map of Katherine in Northern Territory in Australia © BBC Map of Katherine in Northern Territory in Australia

Peter Rowsell, 19, was with his family on the banks of Palm Creek in the Northern Territory on Monday when the attack took place, local media said.

Mr Rowsell said something was "shaking" his right foot, describing the animal as "three to four metres" long.

He managed to fight off the crocodile, which slid back into the water.

His injuries were not life threatening.

His sister drove him to the nearest hospital in his hometown of Katherine, which was about two hours away, where he was treated for the bite. He is expected to be released soon.

The mayor of Katherine told reporters there had been crocodile sightings near popular swimming spots recently, and called for a cull.

"We do have to live with crocs because this is their environment as well, but we don't need to live with them dangerously," she was quoted by News.com.au as saying.

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