BRAMSTON BEACH, Australia, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Wildlife officers captured and relocated a crocodile seen lurking near a children's playground in Australia.
The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection shared a photo of the 4-foot long saltwater crocodile found across from the caravan park playground in Bramston Beach.
"They thought it was a palm frond on the ground so they went and had a look, but it wasn't a palm frond it was a crocodile," George Tsaksirris, whose wife spotted the crocodile, told the Guardian. "We've been living here most of my life, and this is the first time we've seen a crocodile near the camping ground and the residents' houses."
Once it was captured the crocodile was sent to an EHP facility where it will either be sent to a crocodile farm or a zoo.
The EHP warned that recent weather patterns may cause crocodiles may begin to appear in unusual places.
"With heavy rains in parts of far north Queensland, crocodiles may turn up in unexpected places," they said. "Crocodiles prefer calmer waters and they may be on the move as they search out a quiet place where they can wait for the floodwaters to recede."