Two croc catches in one night
CLOCKING on to her graveyard shift yesterday morning, the last thing policewoman Renee Schneider expected was to be capturing a one-metre crocodile – not once, but twice.
The former Warwick resident, who is now living in Innisfail, said she was ready “for a quiet night” before being called out to a job at 1am yesterday.
“We got a call saying there had been a crocodile in someone's backyard and we had to go and confirm it was actually a crocodile,” she said.
“Normally people panic and it's only a lizard or a snake, but when we got there we realised it was a one-metre croc.”
Ms Schneider said the reptile was in a foul mood and had scratched the owner of the house on the leg when he had pulled his dog out of harm's way.
“My partner (Adam Green) decided to capture the crocodile and so we went to tape his mouth up,” she said.
“It was warning us with its hissing so my partner got behind it and secured its head so we could tape its mouth shut.”
When the young crocodile was secured safely, the two officers took it back to the Innisfail Police Station in a potato sack, thinking the worst was over.
“We put it in the secured room and when Adam went to check on it, he came out holding the empty bag and said it had gotten out,” the former St Mary's and Warwick State High School student said.
“He went back in and it was behind the door hissing at him again.”
After another Steve Irwin-like wrestle, the pair had re-captured the reptile and handed it over to the local wildlife national park.
Ms Schneider said the ordeal was a lot different to what she was accustomed to during an overnight shift.
“This definitely made it more exciting.
“We see a lot of crocodiles here but not that up-close and personal, and not where we have to do anything about it,” she said.
“It's been an interesting year – we had the cyclone a couple of months ago and now this. We've been pretty busy.”
Warwick mum Michelle Schneider, who works at the Woolworths fuel station, said her daughter phoned her early this morning to relay the exciting tale.
“I don't usually hear from her when she's working nights, but she does ring randomly when something exciting happens,” Mrs Schneider said.
“She just loves the way of life up there.
“It's just so different.”