Missing popular pub landlord ‘Stumpty’ eaten by massive crocodiles when fishing

The remains of a popular pub manager have been found inside two different massive crocodiles.

It follows calls to cull the animals in Queensland, Australia after their species numbers have soared across the North of the country.

Hotel owner Kevin Darmody, known as “Stumpy”, ran a pub hosting travellers on Australia’s remote Cape York peninsula.

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He vanished while fishing on a riverbank on Saturday. Fellow anglers told police they heard loud splashing and screams just before he disappeared.

On Monday, police confirmed the 65-year-old remains were inside two crocodiles near where the suspected attack took place.

Wildlife officers and police shot two crocodiles in the river — one measured 14ft long and the other stood at 10ft.

According to The Times, Mike Joyce, a manager of wildlife operations for the Queensland government, said rangers suspected the larger male crocodile had shared the remains with the smaller female crocodile.

They described the act that was “very unusual”.

He said: “Generally, they worry about their own food.

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“This is the second time we’ve seen this happen in a [fatal] attack on a human. The other time was Hinchinbrook Island. We’re not sure if this is an outlier or if we’re now discovering new behaviour.”

Mark Henderson, the Cairns police inspector, said: “It’s a very tragic end to this search. Hopefully, it will give some closure to the family, but a terrible outcome.”

The publication added that Queensland politicians are currently pushing for the cull of 30,000 crocodiles across the Northern parts of the county.

Robbie Katter, Katter’s Australian Party leader, and a member of the Queensland state parliament said: “We don’t hate Crocs, we love Crocs. . . but the problem is Crocs love us a bit too much.

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“Any politician worth their salt in Queensland on the ground knows anecdotally that they are exploding in numbers.”

He wants 6,000 of the animals killed. Katter said there had been a 329 per cent increase in crocodile sightings in the state from 2011 to 2021.

Under Queensland’s management programme, “problem crocodiles” are removed from areas where they threaten public safety and, in rare instances, euthanised.


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