11 June 2013
Last week, the Australia Zoo crew were privileged to host a group of men and women from the Leweton cultural village in the Banks Islands, Vanuatu. The villagers met Steve Irwin during a crocodile relocation in 2003 and they were keen to come in to see Steve's zoo whilst visiting Australia.
During their visit the men, including the village Chief, performed a traditional war dance and presented Australia Zoo's Toby Millyard, who travelled to Vanuatu in the lead-up to the relocation, with a hand-crafted wooden staff/spear, given as a token of appreciation for the Zoo's efforts in helping to deal with their crocodile predicament.
The crocodile was caught from the nearby island of Maewo, where saltwater crocodiles are not normally found, terrifying the local population from swimming or fishing in the water on one of the most beautiful coastlines on the face of the Earth. The crocodile had been washed down to Maewo during a severe cyclone and needed to be returned to the Banks Islands.
After a number of trips to Vanuatu the crocodile was eventually captured (the first time that Steve used his floating traps) and released, unharmed, back to it's original location!
Relive the Croc Rescue on DVD
The full story of the relocation was captured on Crocodile Hunter Diaries: South Pacific Croc Rescue (Entry 1), which you can buy online from the Australia Zoo Online Shop.
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