Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Crocodile eats dog that tormented it for years — GRAPHIC

Crocodile eats dog that tormented it for years — GRAPHIC

Speaking to ABC's breakfast show on Thursday, Hansen said he was "really sad", about losing his pet and that he hadn't yet watched the video of Pippa's final encounter with the croc.

Pippa the 10-year-old terrier was known to make a game of chasing the two crocodiles inhabiting the Adelaide River, which runs along the Goat Island Lodge, south of Darwin, since she was a pup.

Nonetheless, Hansen plans on getting a new dog, but this one will "definitely" not perform the same unsafe stunt, he said.

A crocodile is seen at the Dinner Key marina after hurricane Irma passed through the area on September 11, 2017, in Miami, Florida.

A little dog who gained internet fame for barking and chasing crocodiles has been eaten by one of the beasts. He showed the news outlet how Pippa would chase Casey into the water. "She's done it for nine years", Hansen told NT News. However, he still maintains that it was not the crocodile's fault. I still love her and will continue to feed her, as much as anything. "These days, I just throw food out from up the top and no one is allowed to walk down there".

In the clip, Mr Hansen and guests gathered around to watch Pippa performing her favourite trick of running at Casey the crocodile to chase her back into the river. "Hope this bloke isn't allowed to own another dog".

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"She's not doing something wrong", he said, "she's just doing what crocs do..."

"Going near water where there's crocodiles is a really unsafe thing to do and we always encourage people stay away from the water just in general - but if you've got a dog with you you're just compounding that risk", crocodile expert Adam Britton told ABC.

"There was no way I could have stopped [Pippa from chasing] unless I kept her tied up".

Adam Britton, a crocodile expert, agreed with Hansen that the crocodile should not be punished for the attack.

An earlier video of the dog terrorising a three-metre crocodile went viral previous year. "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".

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