A man has filmed himself calmly telling a crocodile to “sit” and pushing it away so that he could do some work in a river.
Crocodile wrangler Matt Wright, who shot to fame in National Geographic’s Outback Wrangler show in Australia, was with co-worker Tommy Nichols when he encountered a four-metre-long (13ft) predator.
In the Instagram video, he explains that they are trying to clear some logs stuck in the Northern Territory waterway.
As he turns the camera around, he introduces his “little friend” to the viewers.
Matt has his hands on the crocodile’s upper snout and casually shoves it away in the shallow water.
He then wades through the muddy water to help Tommy but soon realises the predator following behind him.
“Can’t get any work done if he’s following around like that,” Matt jokes.
He tells the crocodile to “give it up” and taps on its head before he moves away from it.
Matt points at the beast and says: “Go away, stay there.”
Tommy comes over and tells it to “sit” in the water while Matt continues to explain what they have to do to clear the waterway.
The saltwater crocodile seems to be backing up at the end but the wrangler warned that it’s not their normal behaviour.
He told NT News: “Guys understand this is not normal behaviour for a saltwater croc.
“I’ve been working with crocs for over 20 years now … and this is the first croc I’ve ever seen behave in this manner.
“It’s great to see and be part of this relationship with a wild croc, but remember that saltwater croc is the most aggressive croc in the world and are the cause of many deaths.”