Glam ‘Lara Croft’ scientist forced to run for her life from rampaging crocodile

A stunning scientist who moonlights as a model ran for her life from a crocodile defending her hatchlings.

Rosie Moore, 26, has revealed to the Daily star her most thrilling close shaves with nature on the job which splits her time between the office and handling deadly reptiles.

Thanks to her incredible snaps with crocodiles, snakes and sharks, the geoscientist has built a massive Instagram following and drawn comparisons to fictional action woman, Lara Croft.

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The Missouri native who now lives and works in Florida, US, says she loves replying to messages from inspired girls but refuses to engage with creeps begging her to join OnlyFans.

Rosie recalled her most pulse-raising moment out in the field which involves keeping tabs on animal populations.

She told the Daily Star: "When conducting nest checks for crocodile hatchling season, we had a mother croc surprise us and ran out of the water towards us.

"We all sprinted away and she stopped pursuing us. It was definitely an exhilarating experience.

"While crocs for the most part won't bother people they see, this was a good reminder to always remain aware of your surroundings when working with wildlife."

Another tense meeting at work came with what experts describe as the most dangerous shark in the world.

Master free diver, Rosie explained she had been in the water with bull sharks countless times and never once felt at risk of danger but that was always during the day.

The atmosphere underwater felt completely different, however, when Rosie and colleagues paid a visit to bull sharks at night.

She tod the Daily Star: "In Florida about a month ago. The bull sharks at night came a lot closer then what we usually see during the day.

"We had to remain very alert in the water."

Even away from work, Rosie cannot get enough of animals and describes herself as a herper who goes looking for snakes with pals in her spare time.

As an attractive young woman in science, Rosie is only too aware of strangers' dismissive first impressions of her, and cites a study which sums up her experiences.

In 2016, The University of Colorado Boulder published "But you don’t look like a scientist!" which found the more feminine a woman looks, the less likely she is to be seen as a scientist.

The abstract reads: "Results suggest that for women pursuing STEM, feminine appearance may erroneously signal that they are not well suited for science."

Rosie is determined to challenge perceptions of who should and shouldn't lead a career in the sciences.

She also and generously lends her time to give advice to youngsters who flood her inbox with questions.

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"The messages from girls who say they are inspired or motivated by me are so heartwarming," Rosie said.

She added: "I've received hundreds of messages and emails over the past few months from women of all ages, and I try to respond to every one of them to offer advice and words of encouragement."

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