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Daring rescue saves crocodile

Daring rescue saves crocodile

Daring rescue saves crocodile

Three keen fishermen, Karl and Dieter Chelius and Shane Grung,  enjoying the peace and beauty of Msuna were disturbed to hear a groaning noise coming across the river throughout one October night. Early next day they set out in the direction of the noise and discovered, as suspected, a large crocodile on a Zambian island.

The reptile was snared around the belly by a thick cable which was attached to a tree. The men bravely decided to rescue the animal and beached their boat to scramble ashore. The croc, which had been thrashing about trying to escape its bonds, appeared to realise the men were not a threat and became still and quiet, pointing its snout towards the water.

The men clung to the side of the tree furthest from the croc and with wire cutters severed the cable as close as they dared to the croc’s body. It quickly slid into the water as the snare eased apart.

Were the poachers planning to eat the animal or were they intent on ensuring one less predator in the river? Whatever their motives, the crocodile was saved from a cruel death.

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 11, Dec 2012)

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