A massive summer school holidays was topped off this week with Charlie the 12ft saltwater crocodile being fed a whole wild boar carcass in the Crocoseum!
Terri, Bindi and Robert watched in awe as Wes tossed Charlie the boar on a rope, and after several minutes of tugging and death-rolling, Charlie won the day.
It was the very first time we have ever showcased a whole animal feed in the Crocoseum, and the packed stands were enthralled for almost half an hour while Charlie dismantled his lunch.
Because the pig was too large for Charlie to swallow whole, he first needed to loosen it up with his immense teeth and jaw pressure. After that, all it took was a few headshakes, and voilà! Charlie must have thought it was Christmas all over again.
Feeding our crocs whole carcasses is really important to keep them active and stimulated, as it mimics their natural behaviour and is how they would feed in the wild.
Charlie, who weighs around 350kg, was rescued from a facility north of Australia Zoo in 2002 by Steve, Terri, Wes and the croc crew. He and Steve later perfected the tail-walk demonstration, prompting Steve to choose Charlie to appear in many scenes of his movie Collision Course.