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Now You See It: Crocodile handler attacked

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Trent Burton is recovering from a croc attack. (Source: CNN) Trent Burton is recovering from a croc attack. (Source: CNN)

AUSTRALIA (SEVEN NETWORK/CNN) - The handler attacked by a 12-foot crocodile in Australia has had hours of microsurgery to repair his hand. Trent Burton says he can't imagine doing anything else, even though he still has flashbacks of the encounter.

"It is difficult because when you lay down to sleep of a night time, if I choose to I can still feel the tugging and pulling against it," he says.

Mr. Burton recalls the moment Johnny the croc released its heavy-duty grip, but left him floating in a pond full of fear.

"As I was dragging myself out of the water, my total focus was on my legs. 'Am I about to feel another big clamp down on my leg?' Until I'm out of the land, I'm not out of trouble," he recalls.

The greatest danger now is infection. He has had plates and screws inserted into his index finger and a severed artery repaired. But his brush with death has not scared him off. In fact, he intends to jump back into the feeding pit with Johnny the croc as soon as doctors give him the all clear.

"They do believe with a bit of hard work and a bit of good physio that I should regain, I should be feeding the crocodiles again."

Brother Norm Burton says, "He has always been into it. He wouldn't function doing anything else."

Trent says, "My dad's offered me a job as a used car salesman. But I'm too honest."

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