Australian coroner investigates deadly crocodile attack as 2 new encounters grab attention

An Australian coroner started an investigation Monday into the death of an 11-year-old girl who was killed by a crocodile last year, as two fresh attacks refocused public scrutiny on how to manage the animals.

The inquest will look into the death of Briony Goodsell, one of four people killed by crocodiles in a seven-month period in 2008 to early 2009. It comes on the heels of two crocodile encounters in the last week — the latest a 5-year-old girl who was slashed on her leg while swimming Sunday in Caledon Bay in Northern Territory.

Police said it was unclear whether the 6.5-foot (2-meter) saltwater crocodile attacked the child, who received a laceration on her leg, or if she disturbed the animal and it cut her as it was trying to get away.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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