This Video Of A NT Croc Wrangler Treating ‘Bonecruncher’ Like A Naughty Dog Is Terrifyingly Cute
Do not try this at home.
A video of croc handler Matt Wright has gone viral on Twitter, in which he appears completely unfazed by a crocodile wading behind him in a creek, to the extent he laughs it off and physically pushes the croc away with his hand.
The video was shared to Twitter by Australian musician Trophy Eyes, who posted it with the simple, viral-ready caption “meanwhile in Australia”. In the video, Wright holds his camera outstretched in one hand and has the other against the crocodile’s snout, pushing it backwards.
The full video is available on Wright’s Instagram, viewable below. In it, he and a colleague are trying to pull out logs of the creek, but keep getting interrupted by the crocodile, who swims up to them.
“We’re having a hard time here, having a little friend visit us,” he says. “Can’t get any work done, he keeps following us,” he jokes, before pushing back the crocodile and saying “get out! go away” as if it was a dog begging for scraps.
Naturally, everyone was astounded by Wright’s calm demeanour, especially given Trophy Eyes’ Tweet lacked the context that Wright, the star of National Geographic show Outback Wrangler, is a trained crocodile handler. They were also surprised by how docile the crocodile seems in the video.
“Is this bloke for real!!,” wrote one astonished Tweeter. “He’s treating this Crocodile like a stray dog on a job site.”
That croc was like:
“Just a nip”
“Aht! No nip”
“No, no nips”
“I’m gonna do a nip” pic.twitter.com/CMzqV7Ycqt
— Regan Smith (@Rayye_Wit) September 16, 2020
The crocodile in question is well-known to Wright. Known as ‘Bonecruncher’, the 4m saltwater crocodile is missing half of his bottom jaw due to a fight with another croc, and is missing his right eye — both factors make him a little less terrifying than a regular saltwater, but he’s still incredibly dangerous, and in June almost took a bite out of a 9News reporter.
Wright has built up a relationship with Bonecruncher over six years, which he detailed in a video last year that you can watch below. In it, he treats Boncecruncher like you might a dog by telling it to stay, rise up and come closer.
“He knows my behaviour and I know his,” Wright says. “Now it’s a beautiful thing, but it’s a one in a million thing with a human and a crocodile. So guys, don’t go up to a saltwater crocodile in the wild and think you can do this. You’ll lose your arm or your life in a heartbeat.”