Golfer Bitten by a Crocodile Doesn't (Fully) Blame the Animal

John Lahiff had to be treated for puncture wounds on his leg.

April 14, 2015, 2:59 PM

— -- A man playing golf in Australia had more to fear than sand traps during a recent round.

John Lahiff had to be treated for leg injuries after a crocodile bit him while he was retrieving his ball from a water trap on a course in Port Douglas.

"I drove a car around there to retrieve the ball and I didn't see a croc sunbaking just on the edge of the water and I walked passed it and it got me on the way back," Lahiff told the Australian Broadcasting Company.

The incident took place at the Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course in Port Douglas on Monday. The 75-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for puncture wounds.

Even though local rangers have been trying to find and remove the offending crocodile, Lahiff says that it wasn't entire the animal's fault.

"It was partly my fault for disturbing it," Lahiff said. "It was just sun baking and I think it got more of a fright than me."

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