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A woman kept a crocodile as a pet for 60 years

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A woman kept a crocodile as a pet for 60 years

A woman kept a crocodile as a pet for 60 years.

Helen Haritos inherited the animal called Albert in 1992 after her father passed away and has built up a strong bond with the "low maintenance reptile", which measures four metres long and lives off fish, after vetting her for over six decades.

Speaking to ABC Australia about the extended member of the family, she said: "She lets us know when she's hungry.

"It's not quite like my dog but I do have a particular bond and care for the animal.

"It's quite easy actually (to look after) I'd say low maintenance, but treat with respect because they are very dangerous animals."

Helen's late dad captured the female creature in the wild of Mary River and decided to keep the crocodile after his daughter asked for a reptile for her birthday - a bizarre request that came true when she turned five years old.

The 70-year-old crocodile now has a permit to remain in Helen's back garden.