Bob Katter ziplines over Goliath the croc to promote tourism

Bob Katter ziplines over Goliath the croc to promote tourism

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Bob Katter's latest cunning stunt had him sliding down a Cairns zipline above a croc in a pond.

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The doctored photo released by Bob Katter's office.

The doctored photo released by Bob Katter's office.

Bob Katter's latest cunning stunt had him sliding down a Cairns zipline above a pond which held a four-metre croc named Goliath.

Mr Katter's office doctored this photo of Goliath versus Goliath, with the croc getting nowhere near the 74-year-old politician as video of the zipline shows.

However Mr Katter said he was "terrified" ahead of his encounter with Goliath on Friday.

"Of course I was terrified, look how big he is," Mr Katter said.

The serious message behind the stunt at the Cairns Wildlife Dome was to encourage local tourism.

Mr Katter said he wanted Australians to holiday in their own backyards, and called for action to help the tourism industry survive the current downturn created by the bushfires, coronavirus and weak economic markets.

Mr Katter is not the first politician to slide down a zip line for a bit of publicity.

No crocs were harmed in the making of Boris Johnson's zip line antic. Photo: Barcroft Media.

No crocs were harmed in the making of Boris Johnson's zip line antic. Photo: Barcroft Media.

Boris Johnson might now be British prime minister but in 2012 as Mayor of London he stole the show as he was highlighting Olympic attractions across the capital and was persuaded to ride a newly installed zip line.

"He was hanging about a third of the way from the end, like a damp towel slung over a washing line on a soggy day," an eye-witness of Boris's adventure, told The Guardian.

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