WHEN John Lever heard news of a crocodile attack in Bloomsbury, he immediately knew it was his mate and colleague in the industry, Rob Bredl.
The Koorana Crocodile Farm owner said it's the sort of thing that could "happen to anyone”, but still made him shudder to know that the animal with the "largest bite-down pressure” had attacked.
"I was working on the farm when my wife Lillian rang me, she said someone in Bloomsbury had been tagged by a 4.5m crocodile,” John said.
"I immediately got in touch with family and found out it was Rob Bredl.”
The Royal Brisbane Hospital has confirmed Mr Bredl is in a serious but stable condition after he was airlifted following initial surgery in Mackay Hospital.
The Australian icon, also known as the Barefoot Bushman, was performing one of his regular feeding shows when a fully-grown crocodile bit his hand and attempted to drag him into the water about noon.
John explained this was natural instinct for a crocodile.
"When you're hand feeding, a matter of 50mm of where your hand is makes a big difference,” John explained.
"If it happens to be in the crocodile's mouth, he will react and as soon as you pull back it will go to the water, because their natural instinct is to bring their prey to water.”
Bredl's Wild Farm said Rob would address all the questions after his health improves.