TOPSHOT - A crocodile (Crocodylidae) is pictured at "El Tronador" Wildlife Rescue Center in Berlin on February 20, 2017.
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Authorities in northern Australia were searching Friday for a crocodile suspected of killing a dementia patient who wandered from a nursing home, police said.Government wildlife director Michael Joyce said he was confident of catching the crocodile, and urged the public to report any "abnormal" crocodile behavior.Crocodiles have been a protected species in Australia since the 1970s, which has led to an explosion in their population across the country's tropical north. Because saltwater crocodiles can live up 70 years and grow throughout their lives -- reaching up to 7 meters in length -- the proportion of large crocodiles is also rising.
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