Crocs' bovine banquet no missed-steak
A BUNCH of hungry salties lurking in the Adelaide River completely lucked out with a scrumptious feast of juicy rump steak on Sunday afternoon.
One unfortunate steer who ventured down to the water's edge from Adelaide River Station met his fateful death when one of the crocs sniffed out a potential bovine banquet.
Adelaide River Tours owner Kelly Julicher was on a tour at the time when she spotted the feeding frenzy unfolding in the water.
"We had a boatload of guests with us at the time who got to watch the big group of crocs enjoying a feast of steer," she said.
"This is the second time in around four weeks we've seen a steer - I guess he came down for a drink as it was so hot, got stuck in the mud and the poor bugger ended up being someone's lunch."
Ms Julicher said about five salties were nibbling away at the beefy mass, but one croc made sure his Sunday steak wasn't getting away from him.
"One really big croc, around 5.5m long, had the steer by the head and took it for a walk up the river," she explained.
"Five others were lingering around waiting for their chance to have a go at it but this big boy was boss, I reckon he travelled 3km going with the tide to get some peace and quiet."
Ms Julicher said the spectacle was certainly a sight for sore eyes, with the steer's bloated body providing an extra 40 minutes of entertainment for intrigued tourists.
"The people in the boat were trying to guess what the NT News headline would be - 'Does my bum look big in this river' was one suggestion," she laughed.
Ms Julicher said the crocs had mangled the head and with the steer becoming bloated, a foul stench