84-year old George Craig is referred to by many as “the-real Crocodile Dundee”. Craig had 17 years of experience hunting and capturing crocodiles in Papua New Guinea before saving Cassius.
According to GrindTV…
“In 1987, a year after “Crocodile Dundee” hit theaters, George Craig saved Cassius from being hunted down and killed by locals in Northern Territory, Australia, where the saltwater crocodile was terrorizing the population. The huge crocodile, missing his front left leg and tip of his tail
due to vicious fights, was attacking boats and people feared for their lives.”
When George Craig and his team were finally able to wrangle the beast, they named him Cassius (after the boxer Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali) because of all of his battle scars.
In 1971 ‘Marineland Melanesia’ was established as a tourist destination on Green Island, part of the Great Barrier Reef just off the coast of northeast Australia.
Formally known as ‘Marineland’, the modern Marineland Melanesia was renamed when the Craig family brought their extensive collection of primitive tribal art and (more importantly) their collection of crocodiles to the island in the late 80s.
Cassius, of course, now being the main attraction.
The massive reptile stretches 18 feet long, weighs 2,200 pounds, and is an estimated 111 years old. According to the Guinness World Records, Cassius is not only the largest crocodile ever caught alive in Australia but also the largest crocodile in captivity in the world.
Saving Cassius may have been Craig’s greatest triumph as a crocodile enthusiast, and he has built a lasting bond with the giant over their 27 years together.
But Craig is not naive- he knows that even after all this time Cassius would still probably eat him if he had a chance.