Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Croc Vomits Up 2 Plastic Bottles

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Croc Vomits Up 2 Plastic Bottles

Article excerpt

IT'S this family's after school tradition.

But a trip to the Rockhampton Zoo turned sour for Lauren Strickland and her son Darcy Barraclough on Thursday, when they watched a crocodile struggle to regurgitate plastic bottles thrown into the enclosure by visitors.

"It was terrible to see," Lauren said.

"I'd gone there with my son and noticed (the crocodile) had regurgitated some green muck.

"He was quite tense. He looked really uncomfortable.

"He bought up one of the bottles under the water and then bought up another bottle and kept it in his mouth."

That's when Lauren ran to get the zoo keepers, who ran into the enclosure to remove the bottle from the crocodile's mouth.

Lauren had previously seen people throwing items, including coins, into the animal's habitat.

"I think it's ridiculous that people can be so selfish as to throw plastic down there," she said.

"Everyone there was pretty annoyed that the poor thing was bringing up the plastic. …

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