The “Barefoot Bushman” Rob Bredl may lose part of his hand after being attacked by a crocodile on his family’s north Queensland wildlife farm.
Paramedics were called to the Bredl’s Wild Farm at Bloomsbury near Proserpine around midday.
Mr Bredl, 66, has been taken by helicopter to Mackay Base Hospital with serious injuries.
Paramedics say he has severe cuts to his hand and bite marks on his right leg.
Advanced Care Paramedic Heather Shields said Mr Bredl was feeding the crocodile when it attacked and partially severed his hand.
“He’ll have to go to surgery and have that investigated further,” Ms Shields said.
“He said that it was a fully grown adult crocodile about four-and-a-half metres long so he is very lucky.
“He said it happened on land, it was attempting to drag him to the water but he’s got away before he was submerged at all.”
Ms Shields said that there were a lot of bystanders and tourists present at the scene when paramedics arrived.
“They’d done some haemorrhage control on him and the patient was stable, they’d done an excellent job at looking after him,” she said.
The Barefoot Bushman
The Bredl family have worked closely with crocodiles over three generations.
Known as the “Barefoot Bushman”, Rob Bredl has starred in documentary series such as Killer Instinct, Deadly Predators and Kissing Crocodiles.
He says he has been bitten more than 40 times by the crocodiles and snakes he loves.
Bredl’s Wild Farm is run by Rob Bredl’s nephews, but the park’s website says he visit every day to host shows and help with the wildlife.
Rob Bredl’s father launched the family business and came to fame in the 1980s after surviving a bite from a western taipan.
His late brother Joe received a bravery award for saving his daughter from a crocodile at one of the family’s tourist parks.