A fishing trip in Kakadu National Park took a dramatic turn for Rod and Kaye Newman as they witnessed a buffalo's fight for life against marauding crocodiles.ELAINE COONEY June 4, 2014 3:10am
The standoff between a water buffalo and crocodile was the highlight of a Nanneella couple’s holiday in Kakadu National Park. Photo: Rod Newman
A water buffalo and a crocodile fought in front of Nanneella residents Rod and Kaye Newman at Kakadu last month.
The pair watched the battle for more than two hours before feeling threatened and starting their boat’s motors.
The Newmans were barramundi fishing on the South Alligator River when they heard a commotion in the water.
‘‘There was a roll and splash and we saw this buffalo scramble out of the water,’’ Mr Newman said.
He said the crocodile had its jaws locked around the buffalo’s back before it broke free.
‘‘The croc was waiting and the buff didn’t see him. He went back in and the croc attacked again,’’ he said.
Mr Newman said the crocodile snorted a lot and was quite aggressive.
‘‘The buff went under the water and lifted the croc out,’’ he said.
Five crocodiles began stalking the water buffalo and one or two attacked at a time.
Mrs Newman said the crocodiles rarely attacked when the buffalo was looking directly at them but charged when he turned his back to swim.
She said the buffalo looked like he was doing a dance in the water and she believed the crocodiles were biting his legs while the other attacked him from behind.
At one point they thought the buffalo was drowning, but he fought back.
When hid in some foliage they could not enter, the crocodiles started heading for the Newmans’ boat, which was the couple’s cue to leave.
The Newmans heard a dead crocodile was found at the fight spot the next day so assumed the water buffalo won the fight.
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