Brave woman wards off crocodile with flip-flop

The noise of the shoe hitting her hand seems to scare off the beast

Brave woman wards off crocodile with flip-flop

A woman in Australia's Northern Territory recently averted a confrontation with a crocodile with the help of a flip flop.

The woman and her small dog are seen at the edge of the water at Cahill's Crossing on the East Alligator River, in Kakadu National Park, when a salt water croc swims towards them.

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She removes her flip flop and slaps it against her hand which appears to cause the crocodile to retreat, much to her apparent amusement.

Local crocodile enthusiast Lyndon Anlezark, who filmed the encounter, told Reuters he hopes the footage makes people think twice before putting themselves in such danger.

"It's just incredible someone would take such a risk. I don't think she realised how dangerous this kind of behaviour is," Anlezark told Reuters over the phone.

Local rangers believe there are more than 120 crocodiles in the six-kilometre stretch of river south from Cahill's Crossing. The last fatal attack happened in 1987, according to the ABC.

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