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How to beat off a crocodile

One Australian crocodile met its match when it took on Eddie Sigai: he punched it and gouged its eyes. But are there other ways to tackle attacking wildlife? Most of us, when faced with the prospect of being attacked by a creature of superior strength, speed and teeth, would do what all good cowards do(…)

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How to beat off a crocodile

One Australian crocodile met its match when it took on Eddie Sigai: he punched it and gouged its eyes. But are there other ways to tackle attacking wildlife? Most of us, when faced with the prospect of being attacked by a creature of superior strength, speed and teeth, would do what all good cowards do(…)

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Floodwaters inundate south-east Australia

Thousands flee homes as floods ravage Victoria state, with Horsham city split in two after Wimmera river overflows. Knee-deep water inundated communities in south-east Australia today, splitting one town in two, as swollen rivers carried flood fears downstream and officials urged residents to evacuate. The state of Victoria is the latest area of Australia afflicted(…)

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Australian floods: rebuilding task will reach ‘post-war proportions’

Queensland premier Anna Bligh said the crisis was the worst natural disaster the state had experienced. The task of rebuilding communities in Queensland submerged by floodwaters would reach that of “post-war proportions”, the state’s premier warned today, as the Brisbane river continued to surge through the city, and the death toll rose to 15, with(…)

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‘Biblical’ floods hit Queensland and leave tens of thousands homeless

Worst rains for 50 years leave Queensland homes and businesses facing invasion of snakes and killer crocodiles. The northern Australian state of Queensland faces a flood of “biblical proportions” a local official warned yesterday, as rising water levels caused the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. The floods have already struck a vast swath of(…)

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