For those of you have not seen the movie Crocodile Dundee the movie is about a bad ass Aussie who carries a giant bowie knife around to pick his teeth with.
The movie character had no problem wrestling with crocodiles that ranged from 10 to 20 feet long.
Step aside Crocodile Dundee and meet Australian cattle farmer Colin Deveraux who survived a crocodile attack after biting the huge predator on the eyelid.
Needless to say, this is better than a man bites dog story, so I just had to share it.
Setting the Scene
One day Colin was working his way along the Finniss River in the Northern Territory when he stopped to check a billabong, an Australian term for a pond left when a river recedes.
Seeing some fish in there he decided to catch some, before realizing that there was something else in the water and he turned to leave.
Well 65-year-old Colin got a rude surprise which he described to ABC News;
"I took two steps and the dirty bastard latched onto my right foot. It was a big grab...he shook me like a rag doll, and he took off back into the water about 10-feet pulling me along," he explained.
The tough old Aussie recounted how he kicked the crocodile and then fell over with his head near the crocodile's head before trying to bite it.
Somehow Colin managed to get a hold on the crocodile's eyelid, which he later described as "pretty thick, like holding onto leather."
Out of sheer desperation Colin jerked back on the eyelid and the beast let go of him allowing the plucky Aussie to roll over and run away.
Now that my friend is bad ass.
After stopping the bleeding with some rope, he walked (!) to the hospital where he was told he had damage to his tendons and "two big slashes just about the full length of the foot."
Footnote on Australian Crocodiles
Known locally as salties, they can grow up to 20-feet long and weigh up to 2,200 pounds.
After spending a month in the hospital Colin declared himself a changed man, and now believes he shouldn't have gone that far into the billabong.
"I'm a changed man," he told reporters, "I'm going to change what I do!"
As it stands, I love that tough as nails persona that Australians have and their wry sense of humor.