A glamorous woman named & # 39; One Shot & # 39; Known for the crocodile hunt with flashy red fingernails, Australia's largest reptile ever caught.
Krystyna & # 39; Krys & # 39; Pawlowski became famous in 1955 when a massive 8.6-meter salt-water crocodile came crawling to her three-year-old daughter Barbara in Karumba in the Gulfland of Queensland.
& # 39; My brother came out and saw it and shouted: & # 39; Barbara, crocodile! & # 39; and my parents grabbed a gun and shot it right in the eyes, & Krys & # 39; s son George Pawlowski told Daily Mail Australia.
The Polish immigrants, who had struggled to make ends meet, realized that they had struck gold.
Pictured: the 8.6-meter saltwater crocodile that was thought to have been shot by Krystyna and Ron Pawlowski in 1955 on the Norman River, Karumba
Krystyna & # 39; Krys & # 39; Pawlowski (photo) became famous in 1955 when a huge 8.6-meter saltwater crocodile came crawling to her three-year-old daughter Barbara
& # 39; When we shot that crocodile, it was hard to make a living, but we knew that crocodile skins were going a lot & # 39 ;, Pawlowski said.
& # 39; An oldtimer in the city helped us skin the crocodile and we sent it to a dealer in Brisbane and received 10 pounds for it.
& # 39; In those days, £ 13 was the basic wage, so dad (Ron Pawlowski) thought we were going through something. & # 39;
Although she had never shot a gun before she emigrated to Australia, the petite 5 & # 39; 4 "woman soon gained the reputation that she could take out a beast in one go.
According to legend, the mother of three missed only three shots in her life from the estimated 10,000 crocodiles she shot with her husband and she could easily hit a moving target.
Ron praised his wife for every opportunity to skin the reptiles faster than anyone else, and she would usually do it right after the murder – right in the midst of mangroves and mosquitoes.
As a child, Barbara (photo) escaped the grizzly death and later became a crocodile man
Ron (left) praised his wife (right) for every opportunity to skin the reptiles faster than anyone else, and would usually do it immediately after the murder
& # 39; She was better than me with a gun and she was much better with a gun in moving targets from a boat, & # 39; Ron once told reporters.
& # 39; We could both hit a bottle stop at 100 meters, but Krys was able to shoot through the same hole the second time. & # 39;
After taking down the 8.6-meter monster, Ron built a small boat from leftovers and called it & # 39; Joey & # 39; and the family started their new life as a crocodile hunter.
Krys became an international celebrity known for her blonde hair, glamorous style, impeccable purpose and taxidermy expertise.
& # 39; My parents were both stand-alone legends, but my mother was something else, & # 39; Mr Pawloski recalled.
After taking down the 8.6-meter monster, Ron built a small boat from scraps and called it & # 39; Joey & # 39; and the family (photo) started their new life as a crocodile hunter
Pictured: the family home of the legendary family of crocodile hunting
& # 39; She would be in thick mud up to her waist, but she always wore lipstick and red nail polish – I think it contrasted with what she did for a living, and made her feel a little different. & # 39;
He also explained that fashion was important to his croc-hunter mother, and said she would come home and turn her muddy greens into traditional 50s dresses to relax around the house.
& # 39; Although I spend hours, day and night, wading deep in mud and swamps, it is good to catch a glimpse of my nail polish while pulling the trigger of the gun, & # 39; Krys once told reporters in Brisbane, champagne in hand.
Mr. Pawlowski supported his father's claim and said his mother actively refused to & # 39; put down & # 39; to be by her male colleague & # 39; s.
& # 39; There was a man in the north who said no one could skin a crocodile faster than he.
& # 39; They had a competition one day and they skinned, cleaned, salted, rolled up and drank a coffee before it was almost finished. & # 39;
Although she had never shot a gun before she emigrated to Australia, the petite 5 & # 39; 4 "woman (photo) quickly gained the reputation that she could take out a beast in one go
Pawlowski said his parents' profession had dismissed his brothers and sisters and recalled that one day he had found his brother Stefan who was hovering over one of the deadly creatures.
& # 39; He was so proud of himself that he took down such a big one, but I looked at him and said, "That's the closest thing I've seen to a crocodile that is still alive."
& # 39; And it was – it's two eyes that were open and staring at me. I've never seen anyone move so fast – he screamed and jumped up and shot it again to make sure it was dead. & # 39;
In spite of the obvious dangers with parents of crocus hunters, Mr. Pawlowski insisted that he never felt that his life was in danger.
& # 39; We never felt threatened, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; You know, people ask what my life as a crocodile hunter's child looked like and how dangerous it was and all that, but it was just life.
Mr. Pawlowski said that the greatest legacy of his family is their work with preservation (photo: the family crocodile conversation park)
Pictured: the skull of Krys' third largest crocodile shot
Pawlowski explained that when he was a child, crocodiles were not aggressive, claiming that they had largely left him and his family alone.
& # 39; Tourists agitated the crocodiles by not reading the signs, or by luring them in the hope that they will jump out of the water – they have been taught to do so. & # 39;
Over time, Mr. Pawlowski said that his parents were tired of shooting at the creatures and started working on conservation.
& # 39; At the time, conservation was not really something people were talking about & he said.
& # 39; They shot many of them and realized that it was threatening the reptiles, so they established the first crocodile conservation farms in the country, and possibly the world. & # 39;
Mr. Pawlowski said that the greatest legacy of his family is their nature conservation work and explained that their work laid the foundation for nature conservation around the world.
He writes a book about his experiences growing up surrounded by saltwater crocodiles.
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