CARDWELL, Australia: With a crocodile rock starring Elton John, and the gift of the family Steve Irwin, a small seaside town in the north of Queensland on Saturday (March 16th) rejoiced from a beloved member of a crocodile community.
Eagerly known as Bismarck, Fluffy or Gary, depending on whom you are talking to, Cardwell residents organized a ceremony to farewell to the city's 4.5m crocodile.
More than 50 people attended this service, organized by Thea Ormonde's local office in Cardwell Jetty.
Bismarck has published international titles early this month, when fisherman Ryan Moody published a social media video on the search for a crocodile, which was said to be about 80 years old when he died in a stream, which is probably a shotgun .
The late Bushman's family, Steve Irwin, sent a representative and thanked the small town who played at work, and praised their positive attitude towards reptiles.
They said that their late husband and father, the guardian and guardian, would be the most proud inhabitants of Cardwell because they accepted the crocodiles as part of their city.
"He was so passionate about protecting crocodiles and ensuring that we have these modern dinosaurs for future generations," said Irwin's daughter Bindi and son Rob.
Ormond told AFP that he can not believe the interest crocodile death has attracted from all over the world.
"Bismarck impressed the locals and tourists, as he was always happy to show himself at a safe distance," she said.
"I believe that he lived by conviction," leave me alone, and I will leave you alone. "
But everyone did not have the same feeling of respecting Bismarck.
Local Democrat Nick Dametto said that there is no evidence that the animal was shot, it is still quite under investigation.
"I grew up in hunting and they always taught me if you are hunting something, you have to do this for two reasons – handling pests or using or eating parts of animals," he said.
A Cardwell representative confirmed that he is currently investigating the crocodile's death to determine whether he was killed illegally.
In Queensland, the unlawfully taking crocodile has the highest penalty of $ 28,383 ($ 20,000).