Shoalhaven Zoo animal handler Trent Burton described Monday’s encounter with the zoo’s crocodile as a “brain fart”, but is still keen to perform the popular feeding show.
Mr Burton is recovering in the Sydney Hand Hospital after his horrifying attack in front of a terrified holiday crowd.
Zoo owner Nick Schilko said Mr Burton had already described the incident as a brain fart.
“He was upset with himself, he almost lost life,” he said.
“He has already said he’d like to do the show again and explain what happened.”
Mr Burton, 31, suffered puncture wounds to both hands after being bitten and dragged into the water of the croc’s enclosure during a school holiday show at the North Nowra zoo.
He had damage to his right hand that required a few stitches but his left hand needed specialist treatment.
“Trent has had a few interesting things happen to him over the years and we expect him to be back in a week or so,” Mr Schilko said.