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Prince Harry tackles 10ft crocodile on Australia trip

Prince Harry in Australia's Northern Territory sitting on a 3.1 metre crocodile in Darwin Harbour Image copyright AFP/Parks and Wildlife Commission NT
Image caption Prince Harry completed the "top secret mission" with a team in Darwin Harbour, Australia

Prince Harry helped capture a saltwater crocodile during his tour of Australia last month, newly-released pictures have shown.

The 30-year-old looked relaxed while sitting on the 3.1m (10ft) crocodile, removed from a trap in Darwin Harbour.

The pictures, which also show him hauling in the catch, were released by the Parks and Wildlife Commission Northern Territory.

Meanwhile, the prince has completed an eight-day tour of New Zealand.

Wildlife ranger Erin Britton said the prince would make "a great croc catcher" and said he did a "great job" helping the crocodile management team in the removal of the crocodile.

Bess Price, minister for parks and wildlife, said it was a "top secret mission" that would leave "a unique lasting impression" of the Northern Territory with Prince Harry.

Rangers in the Northern Territory remove crocodiles from waterways used for boating and fishing to limit the risk of fatalities and injuries.

The Parks and Wildlife Commission Northern Territory says more than 200 crocodiles, common in Australia's tropical north, are removed from Darwin Harbour each year.

They are taken to crocodile farms or killed.

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Image caption Prince Harry helped the crocodile management team remove the crocodile from Darwin Harbour

Meanwhile, on his final day in New Zealand, Prince Harry scored a winning goal in the dying seconds of a football match to the delight of a cheering crowd.

The prince took part in the five-a-side game with a group of young players to promote the Fifa under-20 World Cup.

After the 8-7 victory in Auckland, he said: "I've had a great time and that win was so well-scripted, thank you."

Prince Harry has spent a week in New Zealand, his first visit to the country.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who was made team coach, praised the prince's "great display of athletic ability and sheer presence".

"If you want a spot in the New Zealand team, call us any time, it's yours," he said.

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Image caption Prince Harry played in the five-a-side football match to promote the Fifa under-20 World Cup
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Image caption Prince Harry scored the winning goal in the dying seconds of the match

Prince Harry also talked to his teammates about football and asked if there were any fellow Arsenal fans.

When one boy said he supported Stoke City, the prince said: "I wouldn't have spoken up if I was you."

Prince Harry also revealed he was looking forward to the FA Cup final between his team, Arsenal, and brother Prince William's side Aston Villa.

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Image caption The prince played the match on the final day of his New Zealand visit
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Image caption Prince Harry's team won 8-7 at The Cloud in Auckland

He then went to the AUT Millennium Institute of Sport and Health where he tried out different exercises with All Blacks rugby player Kieran Read.

These included lifting weights, playing netball, throwing a rugby ball through a tyre and rope pulling.

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Image caption The prince tried out different exercises at the AUT Millennium Institute of Sport and Health

Prince Harry landed in the country on 9 May, receiving a traditional Maori welcome in Wellington before travelling to Stewart Island, the country's most southern and remote community.

He has also spent time in Christchurch, finding out about the city's efforts to regenerate after the earthquake in 2011.

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