February 27, 2006

Aussie Aussie Aussie! OY OY OY!
— LauraW.

Only in Oz:

An Australian grandmother was honoured with a bravery award for wrestling a giant saltwater crocodile as it dragged her friend from a tent.

Alicia Sorohan, 61, was awoken in the early hours of the morning of October 11, 2004 by the screams of family friend Andrew Kerr in a nearby tent at their campsite on the northern Cape York peninsular.

Seeing her friend in the jaws of a 4.2 metre (14-foot), 300 kilogram (660 pound) crocodile, Sorohan "did what anyone would do" and jumped on its back.

The man-eater then turned on her, breaking her nose and almost ripping her arm off before her son Jason shot it.

"It was pretty scary. But it's one of those things -- if you see someone in trouble you've got to help them," Sorohan said. "He was a big one. But I would do the same thing again."

That's quite the Grandma you got there, Mate.

Posted by: LauraW. at 09:47 AM | Comments (25)
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1 Crikey!

Posted by: Dave in Texas at February 27, 2006 09:50 AM (pzen5)

2 Tie me crocodile down!

Posted by: SarahW at February 27, 2006 09:54 AM (jqVs9)

3 What the article doesn't say is that "Andrew Kerr" is a person in the same way that "Samuel Adams" is a person and that in Australia a six-pack is everyone's "family friend".


Posted by: Darwin at February 27, 2006 10:02 AM (vLNLO)

4 First, zip your tent. Second, the story says they camp at the same spot every year even knowing of the dangers and they equate it to being hit by a bus. Being eaten alive by a croc is not the same as being hit by a bus. Last, if this is a danger, wouldn't you have some sort of weapon handy? I realize the son had a gun but I think I would also sleep with an axe.

Posted by: shawn at February 27, 2006 10:26 AM (B8ta7)

5 I personally like the "do what anyone would do" line.

That said, there is a reason that we evolved to the point where we can build cities and have stopped living in tents and caves...

Posted by: KG at February 27, 2006 10:41 AM (SZsz5)

6 I look forward to being that kind of granny :-)

Posted by: alessandra at February 27, 2006 11:26 AM (n/PLG)

7 I am happy to live in a part of this country where my odds of being eaten alive are zero.

Posted by: scott at February 27, 2006 11:27 AM (Ffvoi)

8 As anyone who has observed grannies, obviously she needn't have gotten herself wet, she could have done away with the croc with a few wacks of her umbrella

Posted by: alessandra at February 27, 2006 11:27 AM (n/PLG)

9 As anyone who has observed grannies knows...

Posted by: alessandra at February 27, 2006 11:29 AM (n/PLG)

10 Now there's a woman to be admired. And . . .

Crocs are mean bastards, but not nearly as viscious as the deadly Australian Quail.

Posted by: compos mentis at February 27, 2006 11:52 AM (xHpUK)

11 Bitch sucker punched me. What wuz I supposed to do?

Posted by: The Crocodile at February 27, 2006 12:06 PM (pzen5)

12 Grandmother Barney Frank, D-Mass. would have hit the croc with her purse! Take that you bad croc!

Posted by: Grouper at February 27, 2006 02:03 PM (YiMz2)

13 ...and rule six: there is no rule 6

rule 7: no puffdas...

(please somebody else know what I'm quoting)

Posted by: MacStansbury at February 27, 2006 02:47 PM (/rHNY)

14 I know, Bruce...I mean, Max.

Posted by: bbeck at February 27, 2006 02:56 PM (qF8q3)

15 are you sure your name's not Bruce?

Posted by: Bruce at February 27, 2006 03:05 PM (/rHNY)

16 "I reckon the motto on the Australian coat of arms should just say: Australia. Aw Yeah!"

Posted by: Chuck at February 27, 2006 03:48 PM (NvV6n)

17 Will the jackasses at PETA want her prosicuted for hurting a dangerous saltwater crocidile? I heard that during one WW II batle nearly a whole troop of japaneese solders were whiped out by saltwater crocidles

Posted by: spurwing plover at February 27, 2006 04:02 PM (fOAmE)

18 Yep, the grandmas over here are tough, if a bit stupid..
It's usually the tourists who get eaten though..
*evil grin*

Posted by: at February 27, 2006 04:29 PM (xtn1C)

19 Yep, the grandmas over here are tough, if a bit stupid...
It's usually the tourists who get eaten though.
*evil grin*

Posted by: Morris at February 27, 2006 04:31 PM (xtn1C)

20 Sorry about the double entry. Slip of the fingers..

Posted by: Morris at February 27, 2006 04:32 PM (xtn1C)

21 Now claims Cheney, "Yea,,,Whittington had a Croc on him....... so I ah......

Posted by: hutch1200 at February 27, 2006 05:29 PM (nXmrG)

22 Morris, and here I had always dreamed of visiting Australia.
But I guess being devoured by a lizard in Australia still beats a trip to France.

Posted by: lauraw at February 27, 2006 05:43 PM (y6n8O)

23 Laura, most anything would beat a trip to France..

We do have some nasty critters out there in the wilds, but there's plenty to love about Australia. I certainly prefer being in back woods Western Australia to anywhere else. Not that I wouldn't love to visit the US of A one day.

Posted by: Morris at February 27, 2006 07:17 PM (xtn1C)

24 hjgjhgjjh

Posted by: jkhjk at February 28, 2006 03:09 AM (xe3Z4)

25 It's Australia and he had a gun? So he gets, what, 10 - 20 for "murdering" the croc?

Posted by: OldeForce at February 28, 2006 05:58 PM (Vx+fp)

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