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Not Everything is Bigger in Texas: Monster Crocodile Captured

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Shared on Instagram, a video post by Matt Wright, star of “Outback Wrangler” on the National Geographic channel, has captured the attention of thousands of viewers. “This video shows a very smooth, safe & successful release. My passion is enabling the peaceful coexistence between people & animals. When there is a problem crocodile threatening people or livestock I am often called in to catch and relocate/release the croc to a new home out of harms way,” his post noted.

Despite the fact that we here in Texas tend to lay claim to having the bigger things in life, we’ll gladly let Australia have the type of big beasts Wright works with on a regular basis. “I have created big new pens for problem crocs like this one out on my property so they can continue living a happy life without being destroyed. This also means I can continue bringing people out to see these magnificent animals up close and personal so they can learn more about this unique species and the importance of their existence,” he wrote in his Instagram post.

Matt Wright was born and raised in Australia. He has held jobs as a soldier in the Australian Army, a horse wrangler, and even a crocodile egg collector. All of them have helped him develop a skill set and passion for his career as a wildlife relocator, a helicopter pilot, and tourism operator. Featured on “Outback Wrangler,” he consistently and safely tracks, captures, and relocates a number of dangerous animals such as the crocodile you see in the video above. His personal mission is to relocate animals that have become a problem for humans, as opposed to killing them. Similar to those who capture and release alligators here in the Lone Star State (albeit with a considerable difference in size), Wright works to preserve wildlife. With new development by man often comes the encroachment on a specific animal’s territory. In many instances, run-ins are often unpleasant, but with companies such as Wright’s, it’s possible to keep the animals alive and relocate them to a safer habitat.