Massive Crocodile Brought to Australia School to Scare Kids in Water Safety Lesson

Well, if you want to keep kids out of the water, showing them a massive crocodile might not be the worst idea, even if it is a bit...jarring for the children.

That's exactly what Parks and Wildlife rangers did in Katherine, a small town in North Territory, Australia, according to a report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Tuesday. The Rangers brought in the nearly 13-foot croc, recently caught just outside Katherine, in an apparent effort to scare kids away from local waterways. Some of the children reacted how you might expect. 

ABC reported that one 11-year-old said "It could probably rip me to shreds," while another kid said, "I thought it might be awake and would walk around the school and might eat people."

One 11-year-old, presumably a real-life superhero in training, was remarkably blasé about seeing the killing machine roughly the length of two Michael Jordans end-to-end. According to ABC, the child said he'd seen crocodiles "plenty of times" while adding it was "all a bit old hat."

The lesson from the park rangers, while scary for some, might just come in handy for the kids. The Guardian reported last year the fatal crocodile attacks in Australia's North Territory were on the rise. The British paper noted that a study by the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Royal Darwin Hospital and the Menzies School of Health Research found there had been 14 fatal attacks from 2005 to 2014, compared with just 10 such incidents in the 33 years prior. There were also at least a few fatal attacks in Australia just last year. 

A park ranger said bringing in the giant creature was aimed at putting a scaly face to that danger. "It is a really good opportunity for these kids to come and see what a crocodile is like," Erin Britton told ABC. "There are a lot of crocodiles on the move with the river levels being up, so they could just be anywhere."