The boy, 14, was waist-deep in a river in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia when the croc struck, biting his leg.

He was rushed to hospital for treatment and reported the incident to the Department of Environment and Conservation.

District wildlife officer Len Terry says it is rare to get bitten by a saltwater croc, but the animals are common in that area, reports ABC news

“In the two years I’ve been in the job here, this is the first one that I’ve actually had a report of a person being bitten,” said Terry.

“We do occasionally get anecdotal ones but the ones I know of have mainly been freshwater crocodiles biting people.”