This message, which is circulating via email, claims that an attached image shows a large crocodile found in a sump at the Victoria Mill, a sugar mill near Ingham, a town in the far north of the Australian state of Queensland.
The claims in the message are true and the photograph is genuine. A March 14 2011 ABC news article about the crocodile explains:
Torrential rain around north Queensland has led to an unwelcome visitor at the Victoria sugar mill near Ingham, north of Townsville.
A three-metre saltwater crocodile was discovered in a pit in the middle of the factory late on Friday afternoon.
A parks and wildlife ranger was called to the mill and the 130-kilogram croc was lifted out with the help of a noose.
An ABC Rural report about the unexpected visitor notes that the crocodile was being taken to a zoo.
It is currently unclear who snapped the above photograph. Another photograph of the animal, taken after its rescue, can be viewed in the ABC Rural report.
Subject: Croc in Victoria Mill sump
Croc in Victoria Mill sump 100 K North of Townsville , Work place Hazard !!!!!!!!!!!!
Their is a 9 foot crock in the middle of the mill. Stuck down a pit.
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