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Crocodile Brutally Attack A Man While Trying To Impress A Girl [VIDEO]

A man nearly had his arm ripped off by a crocodile after he bragged that he could swim through an infested river in an attempt to impress a girl.

Lee de Paauw, 18, of Queensland state, who was staying at a hostel, boasted that he could swim across a crocodile-infested river, and a group egged him on.

“It all happened very fast. Pretty much as soon as he jumped in, there was splashing and screaming. There was blood everywhere, and he just wouldn’t stop screaming,” Sophie Paterson, 24, told the Courier-Mail. “He was talking about the local creek, saying, ‘I can swim out’ and so we said, ‘Go on then,’ but we didn’t think he would do it.”

De Paauw fought off the reptile by punching it in the head, nose and eye. He pulled himself from the water with the help of friends, according to the Cairns Post.

“I hit it once on the nose (and) it loosened a bit,” de Paauw said. “I got another hit in and it was right on its eye. I was lucky because it just dropped me.”

De Paauw is recovering at a hospital from the bite to his left arm.

Environment and Heritage Protection officers have set a trap to capture the crocodile, which is estimated at about 10 feet.

“I don’t want that crocodile harmed,” de Paauw told the Courier-Mail. “I want it released back into the wild and I want it to have a happy life.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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