Stud failure croc to become Rockhampton Zoo star attraction

LOOKING SHARP: Gaddafi the croc is heading to the Rockhampton Zoo.
LOOKING SHARP: Gaddafi the croc is heading to the Rockhampton Zoo. Jenny Lanyon Rokgaddafi

GADDAFI will go from failed lover to leading man at the end of the month.

The 4.2m, 570kg saltwater crocodile from Koorana Crocodile Farm is set to take up residence at the Rockhampton Zoo.

He will be the star attraction in the new crocodile enclosure, which will also house the two adult and five juvenile freshwater crocs.

Koorana's John Lever said he was happy he could find Gaddafi a new home after the rugged reptile had failed to perform his stud duties on the farm.

"He is a great display animal but no good on a breeding farm," John said. "He's a fighter, not a lover."

John said Gaddafi would be known as The General when he moves to the zoo.

Gaddafi, who came from a farm in northern Queensland, has been at Koorana for 10 years.

Koorana has supplied a number of adult crocodiles to the zoo over the years.

Meanwhile, John said that Jock the croc and his girlfriend Missy were settling in well at the Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre.

The pair was exported from Koorana in June.

"They're great," John said. "They were eating within two weeks and have been filmed mating already.

"It's a beautiful display and they are getting lots of visitors."

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