& # 39; What is wrong with people? & # 39; Mystery surrounds a headless crocodile that floats along an Outback river without its tail
- Decapitated crocodile was found earlier this month in a river in Katherine, NT
- The photos posted online show the crocodile missing its head and tail
- Several headless crocodiles were found in Far North Queensland during the year
A crocodile has been seen floating in a river with its head down.
Mick Jerram saw the beheaded animal earlier this month in the Crystal Rapids River in Katherine in the Northern Territory.
Gruesome photos of the crocodile were posted on Facebook and left the & # 39; butchered & # 39; see the beast with its head cut off and its tail missing.
Mick Jerram saw the headless animal at the Crystal Rapids River in Katherine, Northern Territory, (photo)
& # 39; What is wrong with people? & # 39; a woman responded to the post.
Although there was no clear explanation for what killed the crocodile, Mr. Jerram wrote that it was & # 39; certainly slaughtered & # 39 ;.
A crocodile expert from Charles Darwin University said it was likely that someone had killed the animal to keep his head as a souvenir.
& # 39; I have seen many things like this in recent years & # 39 ;, said Britton Yahoo News.
& # 39; Occasionally people find a dead crocodile and souvenir skull, but often the animal was killed intentionally or accidentally (for example, by drowning in a net). & # 39;
Britton said that people could only hunt crocodiles if they had a permit, but many did it illegally.
& # 39; There are not many real reasons why you should cut off the tip of the tail and leave it, maybe they changed their mind about throwing it on the barbecue? & # 39;
The animal missed both its head and tail with experts who believed that the beast was the target of an illegal animal hunter
The Tourism, Sports and Culture Department of NT is investigating the problem that could make the person responsible pay up to $ 77,500 in fines or five years in prison.
Last year Far North Queensland saw a series of similar events in which three crocodiles were beheaded.
Last week another one was found on Mount Isa & # 39; s Lake Moondarra with its head off, which prompted a police investigation from Queensland.
Britton believes that the species is the illegal target of ruthless animal hunters.
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