Crocodile for a drinking buddy!

June 26th, 2008 - 5:14 pm ICT by IANS  

By Neena Bhandari
Sydney, June 26 (IANS) Buffaloes, horses, frogs and even cane toads have propped up at a dusty outback highway pub in Australia’s Northern Territory, but to find a saltwater crocodile as a drinking buddy came as a shock even for regulars at the Noonamah Tavern. On Sunday night, three regulars at the bar discovered the 60-cm male saltwater crocodile in front of the pub.

“You could say we were a bit surprised. He was pretty complacent, easygoing, but we weren’t going to test him out,” barmaid Sarah Sparre told the Australian Associated Press.

“They brought him in so everyone could have a look. We took a photo of him and then put him in a box with his mouth taped,” Sparre said.

The creature was taken to the Darwin Crocodile Farm by the Parks and Wildlife Services.

Patrons have been mystified as to how the crocodile reached the pub.

“We don’t have a clue. There’s a croc farm up the roads, he’s sure a long way from town,” Sparre told AAP.

On Melbourne Cup Day, when Australia comes to a standstill for its world famous horse races, thousands of punters pack the Noonamah Tavern bar to bet on frog racing.

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