Irwin roasts Katter’s crocodile ignorance

Bob Katter has been schooled on crocodiles.
Bob Katter has been schooled on crocodiles.

WHEN Queensland MP Bob Katter tried to school city politicians on crocodiles, he probably wasn't expecting a lesson himself from Terri Irwin, one of Australia's leading croc experts.

Katter took to social media this week to take aim at Brisbane politicians making decisions about crocodile culling.

The outspoken Federal member for Kennedy represents a large region of Far North Queensland where locals regularly see and deal with saltwater crocodiles, the world's biggest reptile.

Less than two weeks ago, a 79-year-old woman was taken by a saltwater crocodile near Craiglie, south of Port Douglas, when she wandered away from her aged care facility.

Bob Katter and Terri Irwin love clashing.
Bob Katter and Terri Irwin love clashing.

In a Facebook post on the Katter's Australian Party page this week, Katter slammed city politicians "making decisions about issues they don't understand", referring to their calls for crocodile culling in Queensland.

"We reckon they'd learn pretty fast about crocs if we put a heap of them in Brisbane's Breaky Creek," he added.

Only problem was, he hadn't used a picture of Australia's saltwater crocodiles, he'd used a picture of Nile crocodiles, which are only found in Africa.

And Irwin, who runs Australia Zoo with her two children Bindi and Robert after her husband Steve Irwin died, clearly couldn't pass up the opportunity to educate the politician.

Irwin's smackdown isn't the first time the wildlife conservationist has taken aim at Katter.

In September, Irwin said despite Katter's claims about crocodile deaths in Queensland, she'd never seen him in the Outback.

"I've never run into him at Cape York but I have run into him at a couple of airport lounges and he has the cleanest hat I've ever seen for a bloke who claims to be from the bush, so I have to say first of all I don't know how much time Bob Katter's spends in the beautiful, amazing Australian bush," Ms Irwin said.

"Statistically and sadly we have lost nine people in the last 32 years to crocodile strikes, in the same time period that more than 77 people were killed by horses."

Katter, who has long called for crocodile culling in Far North Queensland, didn't take it lying down.

"As I understand it (Terri Irwin) lives on the Sunshine Coast," he told Sky News.

"I'm going to give her a road map so she can find her way to North Queensland.

"Her figures that she quoted, nine people in 32 years, shows the towering ignorance of the woman. When a person goes missing, why does he go missing?"

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