Girl, 12, attacked by crocodile

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A 12-year-old girl is lucky to be alive after surviving a crocodile attack with minor injuries.

The girl was knee-deep in water south of Darwin collecting plants for her fish tank when the 2.2-metre crocodile attacked.

Her mother told the ABC that the girl didn’t see the animal but felt it bite down on her leg.

The youngster was taken to Palmerston Regional Hospital in a stable condition with minor cuts to her lower leg, and since has been sent home.

File picture of a crocodile. Picture: istockFile picture of a crocodile. Picture: istock

The crocodile was later caught in a trap set by rangers.

“The Crocodile Management Team said the girl is extremely lucky to have escaped with minor injuries as a crocodile of that size has potential to cause major, life-threatening injuries,” the Environment Department said.

“This is a timely reminder to always Be Crocwise. High water levels during the wet season make it easy for crocodiles to move into areas undetected.

“Crocodiles can inhabit any body of water in the Top End.”

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