An Australian baggage handler had a rather nasty surprise when he opened the cargo door of a Qantas passenger flight to find a crocodile roaming loose in the baggage hold,the airline said on Monday.
The reptile,reported to be a relatively small specimen,managed to escape its transport container during a flight from Brisbane to Melbourne last week,a Qantas Airways spokesman told the reporters.
The crocodile was quickly and safely secured when the aircraft arrived in Melbourne, the spokesman added.
The animal was being transported as freight by the cargo firm,Australian Air Express. The airline said it was investigating whether the animal had been in the right container and properly loaded.