Dana tames Charlie, the now-stuffed water buffalo from the Crocodile Dundee film. Adelaide River Inn, Northern Territory, Australia.
A BUFFALO which attained Australian stardom by appearing in the film Crocodile Dundee is to be stuffed at a cost of £8,000 and displayed outside a pub in the outback.
Charlie the water buffalo became a cultural treasure after his role in a scene in the 1985 comedy in which the crocodile hunter Mick Dundee, played by Paul Hogan, faces down the animal just as it is about to charge him. Charlie also had a part in the sequel, Crocodile Dundee II.
For years the buffalo lived in a stockade, complete with his own wallowing hole, next to the Adelaide River Inn, a pub in the settlement of Adelaide River, Northern Territory. But last month, at the age of 27, he caught pneumonia and had to be put down.
His owner, Ian Cobb, who runs the pub, wants Charlie to continue to welcome visitors, and is paying a taxidermist to stuff him. Mr Cobb, 56, said: “Charlie was one of the family. We became very attached to him. We washed him down every morning and fed him pieces of my wife’s carrot cake. He was very spoilt.”
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