They shot the steer with two sedation darts. But the petrified animal refused to let himself be recaptured. "He took one look at us and was like: 'Oh no,'" Will Green, a ranger who responded to the incident, told ABC.
Instead, the brave steer turned right around - and hurled himself off the 25-foot tall dock into the crocodile-infested water below. Even as the sedatory drugs began to course through his system, he was determined to do whatever he could to escape.
This sad story raises even more questions about Australia's live export industry, which has attracted growing concern from animal lovers worldwide. Each year the country exports millions of live animals for slaughter - to countries that have little or no animal protection laws.