The Yuen Long croc hasn't been sighted since January 9, but Aussie expert John Lever assures us that this doesn't mean our little friend (he never did get a decent name) has ended up in a crocodile wok or worse. 'Crocodiles become inactive in temperatures below 24 degrees Celsius,' explains John over the phone, on his way to catch a rogue four-metre female croc in the river in Rockhampton near his Queensland home. 'He doesn't need to eat for up to two months - he's probably just hiding out where the water is warmest.'' So what does the Year of the Monkey hold for the rascally reptile? John didn't catch him during his visit in November, but neither did the team of mainland experts brought in afterwards. John, who has since been practising with a new laser-guided harpoon, is raring to have another go. Last time Cathay Pacific and the Kowloon Shangri-La sponsored his trip. Would they stump up again? Without missing a beat, a spokeswoman asked what his dates were. Cathay supremo James Hughes-Hallet said he would happily fly John in for free. All that's needed now is the blessing from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Go on, AFCD, invite him back.