Baby freshwater crocodiles were thrown into a Mount Isa pool as a prank. Photo: Robert Pearce
A family of baby crocodiles has made a splash at a public pool in Queensland, surprising swimmers trying to escape the heat.
It appears the freshwater crocodiles were stolen from their nest and thrown over the fence at the pool in an apparent prank.
A lap swimmer at the Mount Isa Aquatics pool, in northwest Queensland, alerted management when he saw something swimming near him, just after 10am on Sunday.
Pool director Brian Rodriquez says management then found five baby crocs in the pool, and another four around the facility.
Fortunately their parents were nowhere in sight.
If they were, then swimmers probably wouldn’t have seen the funny side to the apparent prank.
‘‘Everyone thought it was pretty funny actually,’’ Mr Rodriquez said.
‘‘It would have been pretty funny for them to watch me trying to catch them ... some of them were pretty fast.’’
The nine baby freshwater crocodiles were three to four weeks old and between 25cm and 30cm long.
A licensed reptile handler will release the crocs back into the wild on Monday.