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Disturbing footage shows crocodile attacking handler in Australia

Disturbing footage shows crocodile attacking handler in Australia Mashable We're using cookies to improve your experience. Click Here to find out more. Mashable Mashable Mashable Australia Mashable France Mashable India Mashable UK Sign in Like Follow Follow Mashable see more  > Search Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop More Channels Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop Company About Us Licensing & Reprints Archive Mashable Careers Contact Contact Us Submit News Advertise Advertise Legal Privacy Policy Terms of Use Cookie Policy Apps iPhone / iPad Android Resources Subscriptions Sites Mashable Shop Job Board Social Good Summit World Like Follow Follow Disturbing footage shows crocodile attacking handler in Australia 1.2k Shares Share Tweet Share What's This? By Johnny Lieu 2016-03-08 03:24:15 UTC A crocodile handler is in hospital after being attacked by the reptile at an Australian wildlife sanctuary. Renee Robertson, 25, was a spotter for a crocodile feeding show at the Billabong Sanctuary in Townsville, Queensland on Monday afternoon, when she was lunged at and bitten on the arm by a 2.5 metre (8.2 feet) female crocodile named "Tipper." SEE ALSO: Gunman and victim dead after six-hour siege in Sydney The attack was captured on video by an unknown visitor and shows Robertson on the ground, as a colleague hits the crocodile with a stick. Visitors initially thought the incident was part of the show, according to an eyewitness who spoke to The Courier-Mail . Image: FACebook/billabong sanctuary Robertson is currently recovering in hospital after receiving surgery for significant arm injuries, while a further eight people treated for shock. Despite the shocking ordeal, the crocodile will not be put down.  "It was a very unfortunate incident and one that we're very sad about," Bob Flemming, the sanctuary's owner, told the publication. "As Tipper is a crocodile, she's certainly not going to be euthanised but we'll review our training procedures and make sure it never happens again." The park has a number of crocodiles on-site, taking  part in feedings , as per this Instagram post by the Billabong Sanctuary. This is not the same crocodile that attacked Robertson. An awesome display of the power that crocs have, Nipper is one cool croc! #billabongsanctuary #townsvilleshines #crocsrule A video posted by Billabong Sanctuary (@billabongsanctuary) on Dec 14, 2015 at 8:20pm PST Queensland workplace health and safety inspectors will visit the sanctuary to investigate and interview Robertson, plus other employees, according to  ABC News . Robertson was halfway through her six-month training process to work with the reptiles. "Her passion is mammals but we wouldn’t have pushed her through the training if we didn't think she was capable," Brad Cooper, the sanctuary's curator, told The Courier-Mail. "She hadn't started to work with male crocodiles yet but she was very competent in working with females and performing that spotting role." Crocodiles are an unpredictable bunch, and as obvious, it isn't pretty when they bite back.  Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Topics: animals , Australia , US & World , Video , Videos , World About Us Jobs Advertise Subscribe Privacy Terms Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2005-2016 Mashable, Inc. Reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited. All Rights Reserved. Designed in collaboration with Code & Theory