Ford Ranger Goes Gator Hunting! (Video)

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We Imagine that the Ford Ranger Would be Crocodile Dundee’s Truck of Choice

The majority of Ford Truck owners rarely use their pickups for anything one would consider “extreme.” Mall crawling and hauling light loads are very typical, and often times the norm. But that doesn’t mean your truck can’t handle the roughest of conditions, even if that means navigating the world’s toughest roads to save crocodiles.

The mighty Ford Ranger proves it’s possible in this “Science of Truck” video by Ford Australia. Renowned Zoologist Adam Britton uses his compact truck to explore the wild in pursuit of saltwater crocodiles. Britton isn’t out to hunt them as game, he is working to learn more about the deadly creatures.

That desire to further research leads him down 90 kilometers of unpaved roads to the Adelaide river. Obviously, the ramifications of getting stuck out there are pretty bad, especially while towing a boat. According to the video, his stock ford Ranger handles the conditions without breaking a sweat.

Britton and his crew manage to catch a rather large crocodile and toss it in the bed of the Ranger. They take measurements and tissue samples before letting the ancient beast get back to his business. Thankfully nobody winds up as gator bait.

The Ford Ranger has proven to be a rather tough vehicle worldwide. This is great news for those of us who are a little concerned about its return to domestic soil. This truck is clearly not the soft crossover many feared it would be.

While the specifications for the American Ranger are still a mystery, we can all take solace in the fact that the global version is very capable. Even if you don’t intend to go out hunting gators, the forthcoming Ranger should handle all of your needs!

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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