Grief-stricken QLD community to plan memorial for “gentle” local crocodile Bismark

A community in Far North Queensland is planning the a memorial for beloved “gentle soul” Bismarck the crocodile, who passed away last week.

The 4.5-metre saltwater croc was believed to be up to 100 years old, and considered an icon in the seaside community of Cardwell, south of Cairns. The body of the “gentle giant” was sadly found with bullet wounds in Meunga Creek late last week.

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“We saw Bismarck as part of our community, he was such a gentle soul as far as crocodiles can go.”

“It’s very, very sad for Cardwell,” long-time Cardwell resident Thea Ormonde told the ABC.

Police are appealing to the public for information following the death of Bismarck the famous crocodile, believed to be shot by a rogue gunman. Queensland’s Department of Environment are also investigating the matter.

Ormonde hopes to organise a community event to farewell the community’s beloved big boy.

“We want to remember [Bismarck] because he never caused any problems for anyone.”

“Bismarck was protecting us because we always knew where he was and he kept other male crocodiles at bay… He was never aggressive, he would always let people know he was around, he was never stealth-like or would attack people.”

Via ABC.