Pet Crocodile Eats Beloved Dog That Tormented Her for a Decade While Owner Watches in Horror

A crocodile is seen at the Dinner Key marina after hurricane Irma passed through the area on September 11, 2017, in Miami, Florida. A dog in Australia was eaten by a crocodile that it spent a decade barking at. Getty

An Australian man's pet crocodile in the Northern Territory ate his beloved dog after she spent a decade tormenting it, and onlookers watched in horror.

Over the past decade in Adelaide River, Pippa, a golden terrier who was also known as "Dumb Blonde," has been running at Casey the crocodile and scaring her back into the water. After ABC News reported on the dog's antics last year, guests sometimes even gathered to watch the pooch perform the dangerous trick.

In a video recently posted to Facebook, Pippa can be seen running towards the crocodile, but this time Casey chomped down on the dog and dragged her into the water, while bystanders could be heard screaming and swearing in terror.

Kai Hansen, Pippa's owner, was there when the incident occurred and said he isn't blaming Casey for attacking Pippa. "[She] did what crocs do," he told ABC News. "It was something that had a high probability of happening sometime."

Hansen also admitted he was "really sad" about the incident and hasn't watched the video of his dog's tragic death. However, he still maintains that it was not the crocodile's fault. "She's not doing something wrong, she's just doing what crocs do," Hansen said. "In the early days, she actually had a go at me a couple of times. These days, I just throw food out from up the top and no one is allowed to walk down there."

Under the comments section of the video, several social media users blamed Hansen for allowing Pippa to bark and chase Casey. "Why let your pet fluff ball torment the crocs? It was always going to end badly for the poor dog," one user wrote. "The owner thought it was all fun and games knowing full well that the crocs would get the dog eventually! Hope this bloke isn't allowed to own another dog."

Hansen said Pippa's actions were simply just a part of her nature as a dog. "A little terrier should not do things like that. But should I stop her? I don't know, she got away with it for 10 years," he said, before adding that his next dog would "definitely" not be allowed to chase crocodiles.

Adam Britton, a crocodile expert, agreed with Hansen that the crocodile should not be punished for the attack. "The dog got right up close to the crocodile's head," he said. "That basically triggers a reflex reaction, and a crocodile, if you get that close to its head, it doesn't even think about it—it will just strike."

Watch the video of the attack below:

Warning: The footage contains graphic content.