AN image of Australia’s ‘Outback Wrangler’ Matt Wright with a huge crocodile he caught in the Northern Territory has gone viral, but not all of the comments have been positive.
Some animal lovers criticised the use of duct tape to bind* the massive animal’s snout* shut.
Mr Wright uploaded the snap of the saltwater crocodile (saltie) to his Facebook page at the weekend and it has already been liked 4000 times and shared hundreds of times.
Many people were quick to point out the thick layers of tape covering the croc’s snout and eyes.
Member of the public Tom Miller estimated it would have taken 10 rolls of duct tape to cover the saltie’s mouth.
“Did you get enough tape on him?” Sally-Jo Famlonga said on social media. “Hope that’s not staying on for too long poor boy.”
Dean Adermann said he could see no reason why the monster was caught in the first place. “Leave the poor animal alone,” he said.
Others were quick to jump to Mr Wright’s defence.
“It’s a crocodile, they’ve been around since the dinosaurs,” Jay Ryan said on Facebook.
“I’m sure he doesn’t mind a bit of tape on his snout.”
Rebecca De Vries praised* the wrangler’s team for catching the saltie and keeping the community safe.
Andrew Buckley pointed out croc catchers moved on salties so they didn’t pose a threat in populated areas, or risk being shot by people.
“Most times these crocs are being relocated as they have clashed with humans/livestock,” he said.
Matt Skinner said the tape was used to keep everyone safe while moving the territorial* croc.
“Large salties like this are highly territorial and can become problematic for the locals,” he said.
Crocodile catcher Matt Wright is a helicopter pilot, a keen outdoorsman and he has a series on the National Geographic channel called Outback Wrangler.
On Mr Wright’s website it states: “His objective is always based on the preservation of wildlife: to remove and relocate problem animals rather than to kill them.”
Mr Wright was unable to be reached for comment.
snout: nose and mouth area
bind: hold together
praised: told it was good
territorial: protective of one’s area
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Read or listen to this article carefully then answer the following questions.
1. According to his website, Mr Wright and his team have relocated dozens of crocs, as well as other animals. Why has this story made the news when other relocations haven’t?
2. Mr Wright shared a picture of this crocodile on his Facebook page and had lots of comments. Some were supportive and some were negative. What were some of the reasons people were upset about this and why were some people happy with this relocation?
3. Given that comments can be put on Facebook by anyone, should Mr Wright be concerned about the negative comments and happy with the positive comments? Why/why not?
4. If he was concerned that he had done something wrong, where could Mr Wright go to get information to ensure he relocates animals safely for himself and the animals?
Extension: An outback wrangler!
Matt Wright, calls himself an ‘Outback Wrangler’ with his objective “always based on the preservation of wildlife: to remove and relocate problem animals rather than to kill them”.
What skills and knowledge would Mr Wright need to ensure he can safely relocate animals?
Draw a chart with two columns.
Label one column ‘skills’ and the other ’knowledge’ and make a list under each of what Mr Wright might need.
Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Capability, Digital
Activity 2. What do you know about salt water crocodiles?
Talk with a partner about all the things you know about saltwater crocodiles.
Create a mind map together about these magnificent animals.
You might know things like what type of animals they are, what they eat, where they live, physical features etc.
When you have included all the things that you know, do some research about salt water crocodiles.
Add at least 10 facts to your mind map that you didn’t know before.
Use a different colour to identify the new information.
Extension: Acrostic Poem
Write an acrostic poem about crocodiles.
Use the letters that spell crocodile as the first letter of each line.
Write a word or phrase that begins with the letter on each line.
Crocodiles are reptiles with
Razer sharp teeth and
Oval scales on their skin
Cold blooded animals
Time: allow 45 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Science
(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)
Was Mr Wright right?
A lot of people have commented on Mr Wright’s post.
Why do you think the crocodile was captured and taped?
Do you think it was right?
Make a list of pros and cons for the crocodile’s capture and treatment.
Think carefully and logically.
Consider the area and who might be involved or affected by the crocodile’s presence.
Look for clues in the article.
Use persuasive and emotive language.
Your list will have to consider both fact and opinion, go through your points and label each with an F for fact or O for opinion to differentiate between the two.
Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Big Write and VCOP
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