As far as roommates go, living with a giant crocodile isn’t high on anybody’s priority list – except for one.
George Craig, from Green Island, Australia, has lived with an 18-foot-long crocodile named Cassius – after the boxer, Cassius Clay, more popularly known as Muhammad Ali – for the past 30 years after capturing him in 1987.
The 84-year-old is the real deal Crocodile Dundee – having spent 17 years of his life as a young man, capturing and relocating fierce crocodiles in order to move them so they weren’t a threat to humans.
Craig captured Cassius (notorious for how enormous he was) from a river in the Northern Territory so the crocodile wouldn’t be killed by the local population, moving him to Marineland Melanesia, a family business started in 1969.
“Cassius was a problem crocodile with a very aggressive nature,” said Georges grandson, Billy Craig, who helps run his grandfathers sanctuary. “He was becoming notorious and he would have almost certainly been killed if he hadn’t been removed and taken to a safe place by my grandfather.”
While Craig believes the croc – who’s missing his front left leg and the tip of his tail – does recognize him, he isn’t delusional about the one metric ton reptile, believing Cassius would eat him if given the chance. Even so, he has fed Cassius every single day for 30 years.