Ever wondered what the world’s most Australian man is like? Well, you’re about to find out…
Monster Croc Wrangler, Tuesday 15 October, 8pm, National Geographic WILD/HD (CH 264/265). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > National Geographic
We’ve all been there. You wake up in the morning and get to sipping a fine cup of coffee by the kitchen window when all of a sudden you spot an 18-foot crocodile waddling across your front drive. You could scream and leg it to your neighbour’s nuclear bunker. Or, you could call the Croc Wrangler.
At times like these, cattle owners and wildlife lovers the length and breadth of Australia ring Matt Wright, the aforementioned wrangler, for whom no job is too big, small, scaly or slithery.
Over three cracking seasons, Wright has caught crocs of all shapes and sizes, and yet, as the series returns for a fourth season, it’s apparent there are even bigger (and badder) crocs out there just waiting to be wrangled.
While he and his team have so far never encountered a croc they couldn’t handle, season 4 dives straight in at the deep end, with a particularly troublesome reptile terrorising a cattle ranch. If you aren’t on the edge of your seat as he and his mates wade through knee-high swamp water from which a monster croc could emerge at any moment, then you are probably Matt Wright.
It’s nerve-jangling stuff, but Wright’s ever-present wit and his mates’ banter add a much-needed sense of levity. We sat down with the Croc Wrangler himself to find out more about what made him take on this particularly toothy line of work…
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