Man jumps on the back of 1,400 lbs saltwater crocodile a second time because he forgot to 'give the camera a thumbs up'
22-year-old Niels Jensen admitted that he was 'dicing with death during the encounter' but said the thrill alone was worth it
The video of a man fearlessly feeding a hungry saltwater lake crocodile before jumping on its back for a photo has gone viral on social media. Before straddling the massive 650kg predator, the man, now dubbed as the "Danish Crocodile Dundee", lures the animal with the remains of a dead wallaby.
The herculean 4.7-meter beast was spotted by 22-year-old Niels Jensen as he was traveling through the Top End when he decided to test his croc-taming skills, Daily Mail reports.
Jensen is seen in the footage dragging the dead wallaby across the ground and, at times, swinging the carcass in the air to lure the predator. As the man holds the bait, the hungry croc inches closer and closer towards him. When the beast is within a close enough range, Jensen throws the dead animal into its mouth.
Once the wild reptile begins to consume its dinner and is distracted, Jensen is seen calmly walking around the reptile towards its rear and carefully straddling its gigantic tail.
After the shocking maneuver, Jensen endearingly gives the saltwater beast a stroke on the right side of its belly before climbing off its tail.
In the background, a man can be heard saying, "Sit back on him, you ****. You gotta give me a thumbs up, you know."
Jensen, in an attempt to get the perfect shot, brazenly gets back on top of the croc and gives the camera a thumbs up. A seemingly impressed woman can be heard laughing in the background.
Realizing that he has captured the shot to his satisfaction, the cameraman then tells him, "Alright, get off him before you get eaten," prompting the woman to laugh again.
That said, Jensen reportedly admitted he was "dicing with death during the encounter". The 22-year-old is a wildlife management graduate from Vinderslev, Viborg in Denmark.
However, Parks and Wildlife Commission NT told him he was "asking for trouble", Jensen revealed after posting the footage online.
According to him, the thrill of the stunt alone was worth it, despite it being life-threatening.