Huge Crocodile Caught on Camera Eating Pet Dog Alive: 'Oh No Benny!'

A large crocodile has been caught on camera eating a pet dog alive as it was wading in the Watson River in a remote region of Queensland, Australia.

Footage of the attack, which occurred this month in Aurukun, shows the moment the crocodile leaps from the river and bites down on the pet dog, named "Benny." The video, taken by the owner, was published by the local Indigenous Knowledge Centre, 9News reported.

The shocking incident was over in seconds. Two other dogs can be seen in the clip quickly running towards the river bank after the attack. The unidentified owner is heard saying in distress: "Oh no, Benny."

"This is a warning for those of you who are venturing close to the river's edge, especially at high tide as crocs seem to be more camouflaged at this time," the Aurukun center wrote on its Facebook page, also sharing a link to the YouTube version which has since attracted more than one million views.

According to its website, Aurukun is an extremely remote Indigenous area of Queensland on the north-west coast of the Cape York Peninsula. Approximately 1,200 people currently live in the region's community.

The Indigenous Knowledge Centre is one of 20 in Queensland, owned by the Shire Council. It aims to "provide access to resources previously unavailable in remote communities." The group runs a project to promote Wik Mungkan, still the predominant language in Aurukun.

"Among the local Indigenous people there's a strong knowledge of croc behaviour and a rich heritage of respect for them," Noel Waterman, a center worker, told 9News.

"It's a good time to warn people about getting close to the water's edge when you're not attuned to the ways of nature, that's what Indigenous knowledge and connection to country is all about," Waterman said. "There are also council signs on the boat ramp and where people go fishing, advising against swimming and being careful around the water's edge."

One local resident, identified as Perry Yunkaporta, told 9News he had fished in the spot, saying those who live in the area learn to "read the water" and spot the signs of a crocodile attack.

"The saltwater crocodile is the largest living reptile species. It can grow up to 6 meters and is a serious threat to humans," the Australian government says in a fact-sheet.

"The size of the saltwater crocodile prey is only limited by the crocodiles own size and strength. [They] mostly eat fish, but will eat almost anything that they can overpower which can include turtles, goannas, snakes, birds, livestock such as cattle, buffalo, wild boar and mud crabs."

It's not the first time a pet has been fatally attacked by large reptile. Back in August, Florida woman Cynthia Robinson said her pet pit bull, named "Tank," had been eaten alive by an alligator while they were walking close to an Auburndale pond.

"I couldn't do anything. He came back up and I [spotted] my white dog in his mouth," Robinson told WFLA, while referencing the alligator. "He just sat there with my dog in his mouth."

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File photo: Saltwater crocodile. Footage of the croc attack, which occurred this month in Aurukun, shows the moment the huge reptile leaps from the river and bites the pet dog, called “Benny.” iStock