Crocodile Filmed Eating Giant Feral Pig

A crocodile in Australia has been filmed biting chunks out of a dead feral pig.

A wildlife cruise company from Daintree, near Cairns on the east coast of the country, uploaded the video of the female crocodile munching its dinner to social media.

Solar Whisper Daintree River Crocodile & Wildlife Cruises uploads croc videos as part of a nature documentary-cum-reality series it calls Days of the Daintree, featuring the crocs living their daily lives and the interactions between the individuals in the river.

"It's an absolute paparazzi treat, to watch celebs eat," said Solar Whisper Daintree River Crocodile & Wildlife Cruises in the caption of the post. "Fish, crabs, pork and steak, frog, prawns, bird and snake, these are things that Lizzie has ingested on screen over the course of her two-plus-decade career."

The cruise company also said it doesn't think this crocodile killed the boar itself, rather came across a serendipitous meal, as they have seen females make the most of a larger male's kill before.

"I reckon she found it for sure", said Solar Whisper Daintree River Crocodile & Wildlife Cruises. "I have [previously] seen evidence of the dominant male taking a kill a long way up a creek and leaving it there. He subsequently left and went in the other direction for kilometers. He took the pig against the tide so it was a big effort. I left him and went back to the creek and two females were eating it. Whether this was [his] intention or not, I don't know, but he did seem to waste a lot of energy and gain nothing from it. He did not return, and the pig was finished."

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Stock image of an Australian saltwater crocodile feeding by a riverbank. The Daintree crocodile can be seen biting chunks out of a dead wild pig. iStock / Getty Images Plus

The Daintree river is home to around 70 adult saltwater crocodiles, the largest species of crocodile. Australia as a whole only has two species of crocs, the other being the freshwater crocodile, which is a lot smaller. Saltwater crocodiles are by far the most dangerous species of croc, and can be found in estuarine and brackish areas across the tropical regions of Southeast Asia and Australia.

Saltwater crocs have a hugely varied diet, feeding on anything from smaller fish to mammals much larger than them, including water buffalo, kangaroos, tigers, and sometimes even humans. Saltwater crocodile attacks on humans between 2010 and 2020 are estimated to number 1,350, 668 of which were fatal.

When they hunt, they will lunge at their prey, often killing it with a single snap of their jaws, or otherwise dragging it underwater and twisting it rapidly in a "death-roll". They do occasionally scavenge for food when it's available, as this female croc, Lizzie, apparently did with the feral pig. Crocs have extremely acidic stomachs compared to other vertebrates, meaning that whatever they eat, they can easily digest. Bones, horns, hooves, shells; these hard objects actually help the croc to digest by grinding up their coarse food.

Lizzie the croc didn't get a chance to eat the whole pig, however, as according to a comment by the cruise company under the post, her mate Scarface came along and stole it from her before she could finish it.