Crocodylus Park – Proud home
Mascot of the 5th Battalion
Species: Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)
D.O.B: February 2002
Weight: Approximately 200kg.
5 RAR have welcomed their newest recruit,
10-yearold Bengal Tiger, Quintus Rama.
Quintus Rama enlisted on September 27 2012 as
mascot for the unit known as the ‘Tiger
Battalion’. He fills the position left vacant
with the death of the unit's previous mascot,
Quintus Septimus Sabre, who passed away in
Escorted to the event at the Gary Holmes club by
handlers from Crocodylus Park, Quintus Rama's
course report from the School of Infantry was
read to the unit by 5 RAR RSM WO1 Dale de Kock.
He described the new recruit, who carries the
PMKeys number of 8555555, as an individual with
a "high level of aggression and personal
CO 5 RAR LTCOL Andrew Forbes said Quintus Rama
was a welcome addition and heralded a new era.
"Quintus Rama is the first mascot which
exclusively represents 5 RAR since the delinking
of the 5th and 7th Battalions" LTCOL Forbes
"Despite the necessity to use a crane to lift
Quintus Rama over the wall of Crocodylus Park to
get him to Robertson Barracks, we will bring him
into the unit as much as we can to be part of
the unit's activities."
The tiger joins a line of striped mascots since
the battalion received a Sumatran Tiger cub
named Quintus from Taronga Park Zoo, after
returning from their first tour of Vietnam in
LTCOL Forbes said the unit would look after
Quintus Rama as they had done with the previous
"The soldiers of 5 RAR will be directly involved
with the upkeep and maintenance of his
enclosure," he said.
"However, the work will not centre specifically
on Quintus Rama, but will extend to other areas
of the park."
ARMY Newspaper October 11, 2012.
Pte David Bleines was the soldier responsible
for locating Quintus Rama in a wildlife park in
his dedication and hard work, Pte. Bleines, was
able to liaise with Crocodylus Park to
ensure that "Quintus Rama" was transported
safely to Darwin. His continual liaison with
Crocodylus park has seen Quintus Rama enlisted
in the 5th Battalion on the 27th September 2012.
efforts Pte. Bleines was awarded a Certificate
of Merit by his commanding officer Lieutenant
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