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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Terrifying moment crocodile grabs hold of elderly farmer’s foot (perhaps next time he’ll think twice about poking it with a stick) [Video]

Terrifying moment crocodile grabs hold of elderly farmer's foot (perhaps next time he¿ll think twice about poking it with a stick)
Crocodiles don’t come with warning stickers – they don’t really need them.
But if they did, it’s not unreasonable to imagine that they might say ‘don’t poke with a stick’.
One elderly crocodile farm owner in South Africa found out just what can happen when you do poke one of the prehistoric reptiles with a bit of wood – you put your toes, if not your life, in danger.

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The crocodile is clearly not happy with Mr Watson's attempts to move her with a big stick
The crocodile is clearly not happy with Mr Watson's attempts to move her with a big stick
Now truly fed up, the crocodile lunges forward
Now truly fed up, the crocodile lunges forward
Peter Watson, who runs Crocodile Creek in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, was lucky to survive after he used a stick to try and move a mother crocodile away from her eggs, which were about to hatch
The 73-year-olds' attempts to coax the three-metre-long animal to another part of her enclosure were caught on camera by Earth Touch News Network, who happened to be at the farm filming a documentary for National Geographic.
Their dramatic footage shows him prodding the huge croc - and the croc snapping angrily back at him.
Suddenly, the crocodile lunges forward and grabs his foot, sending Mr Watson tumbling to the ground and scrambling for his life.
The angry mother crocodile snaps down on Mr Watson's foot and sends him sprawling to the ground
The angry mother crocodile snaps down on Mr Watson's foot and sends him sprawling to the ground
Mr Watson was lucky to escape with his life and later explained that the beast had shaken him 'like a leaf'
Mr Watson was lucky to escape with his life and later explained that the beast had shaken him 'like a leaf'

Miraculously, he escaped relatively unscathed. He did lose a toe nail, though.
He told iOL News: ‘It shook me like a flippin leaf. It got a hold of my foot and started shaking me. I had already reasoned it would bite me again so I held out my arms. 
'I had to protect my stomach and my throat… that could be fatal because it could tear my stomach out. I’m amazed my toe stayed on.’
He added: ‘My wife is bloody annoyed, if you get bitten around here, you get no sympathy.’
Crocodile Creek is home to around 7,000 crocodiles and snakes.

Source - Daily Mail

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