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Crocodile breaks up marriage

An Australian nurse, Vicki Lowing, told the press last week that she divorced her husband after he delivered her the ultimatum of choosing him or their freshwater pet.

She explained her choice, saying “husbands can look after themselves but my crocodile can’t make his meals”.

Husband Greg said she spent too much time with the crocodile, Johnie, who was left on their doorstep in 1996.

Vicki said: “I felt like Greg was asking me to put him ahead of one of my children” and so, in 2005, the couple divorced.

She raised the one-and-a-half metre crocodile in her home in Melbourne, even allowing it to sleep in bed with her son Andrew, who is just 18 months older than Johnie.

She said the son and crocodile are “just like brothers” and “also had their sibling rivalry” although, fortunately, no teeth were involved.

It was only after the crocodile stopped growing that Vicki realised Johnie was, in fact, a female, because crocodiles have no external sex organs.

However, the discovery was no disappointment: “I was secretly thrilled – I’ve always wanted a daughter.”