Once upon a time, animals were absolutely enormous. As humans and other predators began to roam the earth, animals began to decrease from their once colossal sizes. Nowadays, you can find giant animals mostly on islands, where animals live in isolation from humans and their impact. They are able to grow to their full size thanks to a lack of predators and because they have greater access to more resources, like food and water. While you would expect animals this big to eat a lot of food, many of them actually eat the same amount of food as their regular size counterparts. Dinosaurs may no longer be in existence, but there are still some modern-day monsters, say you will, that are roaming our earth.
A lakeside baptism ceremony ended in disaster when a large nile crocodile leapt from the water and mauled the pastor to death, it has been reported.
Docho Eshete was allegedly grabbed by the crocodile soon after he started a mass baptism for 80 people on the shores of Lake Abaya in southern Ethiopia.Africa.
“He baptised the first person and he passed on to another one,” local resident Ketema Kairo told the BBC.
“Suddenly, this huge crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed onto the pastor.”
Pastor Docho was said to have been savagedly ravaged on his legs, back and hands.
As his horrified congregation looked on, local fishermen reportedly struggled to rescue him. It was said they succeeded only in using their nets to prevent the crocodile from taking the 45-year-old’s pastors body into the lake, near the city of Arba Minch.
The crocodile is believed to have escaped.
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Lake Abaya, Ethiopia’s second largest lake, is quite beautiful, but the Lonely Planet travel guide warns: “It has a very large population of crocodiles, which are known to be aggressive towards humans and animals because the lake has few fish, which is their preferred food option.”
It is more than likely that the reptile that killed Pastor Docho was a Nile Crocodile. Some Nile Crocodiles can grow to be up to around six metres (20ft) long while weighing as much as 1,000kg (1 ton), and some estimates suggest the species is responsible for more than at least 300 attacks on people in Africa every year.
It is believed to be responsible for more attacks on people than any other crocodile species, and it has been said that the Nile Crocodile causes the third highest number of large-animal-related human fatalities in the African continent, after hippos and lions.
One study has noted that for the Nile Crocodile, “an opportunistic, ambush style predator”, humans are “less powerful and slower in water than any similar-sized wild mammal and therefore a much easier prey.”
IT’S a croc eat croc world.It is a deadly hannibal cannabil alt water crocodile
These extraordinary images show the moment a monster 4m saltwater crocodile bites the head off a 2m croc and eats it.
Known as “Charlie”, the cannibal croc is a prime tourist attraction in the mangrove-clad wetlands of Dickson Inlet in Port Douglas.Qld Australia
Weighing more than half a tonne, he’s been the dominant male of his territory for at least nine years and is known to have killed at least two big rival males.
Lady Douglas paddleboat skipper Drew Weyand, an amateur wildlife photographer, took the shots on one of his river cruises as a group of tourists watched on in fascinated horror.
“He’d ripped the head off the little male and was just guzzling it down,’’ the riverboat skipper said yesterday.
“It’s coming up to breeding season in September, so he was showing it who is boss, and made a meal of it.”
He said crocs were known to be cannibalistic but he’d never seen such a raw spectacle of brutal killing power.
“It is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever seen in the wild,’’ Mr Weyand said.
“He was smashing it down on the bank to break it up to eat it, the noise was phenomenal, it was such a loud whacking noise.
“Water and croc was going everywhere, there was blood and guts, and him just gulping it down his throat.”
“Most of the tourists loved it except for one girl who found it very overwhelming.”
Queensland Wildlife rangers removed a crocodile trap from Dickson Inlet on Thursday after catching two 2.5m female crocodiles as the elusive Charlie again evaded attempts to capture and relocate him.
Authorities warn visitors and locals to be croc-wise in croc country anywhere north of Bundaberg.
Originally published as ‘He ripped its head off and guzzled it’
This is a video with many crocodile & alligator attacks in various countries.
Full video of woman who leapt into crocodile pit: http://bit.ly/1QBddsO
1. An elderly woman from Thailand died after leaping into a crocodile pit at the Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm & Zoo.
2. Australia’s saltwater crocodiles are the largest and deadliest creatures on the continent. Residents of the Northern Territory got a reminder of why the large carnivores deserve their respect, when a fisherman was eaten by a crocodile named Michael Jackson.
3. When animals attack: A 24-year-old Australian man was killed in a horrifying attack by a five meter saltwater crocodile while swimming in front of friends in the Mary River in Australia’s Northern Territory.
4. A 50-year-old fisherman from central Uganda lost his eight-month pregnant wife when Nabire went down to the banks of Lake Kyoga to fetch water and was snatched by what Ugandan wildlife officials said was a 1,300 pound, 25-foot long crocodile.
5. One quick-thinking mother saved her daughter from a crocodile’s clutches in northwestern India. After a 10 minute struggle, the crocodile gave up and left its prey with minor injuries to her legs
A MUST WATCH VIDEO
YET AGAIN IF YOU MESS WITH CROCS & GATORS YOU WILL PAY THE PRICE
WATCH VIDEO BELOW FOR SOME STUNNING FOOTAGE
Alligator snatches boy in Florida
Police say an alligator dragged a small boy into a lagoon at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, defeating the father’s efforts to save the child.
The parents of a two-year-old boy tried desperately to pull their son from the jaws of an alligator that dragged him into a lagoon at a Disney hotel in Orlando, Florida.
The boy, whose name was not released by authorities, was attacked by the reptile at the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista near Orlando, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
There are no-swimming signs at the lagoon but the alligator grabbed the boy as he played at the edge of the water on Tuesday evening while his family, on holiday from Nebraska, relaxed on the shore nearby, sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Williamson said at a news conference.
Child taken: An alligator seen here in a file picture. Photo: Wolter Peeters
The boy’s father rushed into the water after the alligator struck and struggled to release his child from the alligator’s grip, Mr Williamson said.
“The father did his best,” Mr Williamson said. “He tried to rescue the child, however, to no avail.”
The father suffered minor cuts on his arm in the struggle, Williamson said.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Google Earth
A lifeguard on duty also was unable to reach the boy in time, he said.
“He was too far away, apparently, and the gator swam away with the child,” Williamson said.
Walt Disney World has closed its beaches as law enforcement officials hunt for signs of the boy Wildlife officials captured and euthanised four alligators from the lagoon to examine them for traces of the child after the Tuesday night attack but found no evidence they were involved, said Nick Wiley, executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, on Wednesday.
More than 60 sheriff’s deputies and wildlife officials were expected to search for the boy on Wednesday, using sonar technology, helicopters and divers.
Disney has closed its beaches “out of an abundance of caution,” CNN reported, citing a Disney spokesperson.
Sheriff Jerry Demings told reporters the alligator was thought to be between 1.2 and 2 metres long.
Alligators are not uncommon in the Seven Seas Lagoon, a man-made lake reaching 4.2 metres in depth, Wiley told reporters.
Williamson said he hoped daylight would help searchers, who were hindered by dark and murky waters during their overnight rescue attempts.
“We’re going to keep searching until we find something,” Williamson said.
A spokeswoman for Walt Disney World Resort said everyone there was devastated by the tragic accident. “Our thoughts are with the family and we are helping the family,” she said.
Intact Body of 2-Year-Old Boy Recovered After Alligator Attack at Disney Resort
The body of the 2-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando has been recovered. The body of Lane Graves, who was visiting the resort with his family from Nebraska, was “completely intact” when it was found by a dive team Wednesday afternoon, Orange County Sheriff’s Jerry Demings said. Police and a Catholic priest delivered the heart-breaking news to the boy’s parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, who were visiting the resort with Lane and their 4-year-old daughter.
A GROUP of British tourists were enjoying a sunset cruise along the beautiful Zambezi River when they saw something they will never forget — for all the wrong reasons.
Their dream trip along the river, which lies between Zimbabwe and Zambia, quickly turned into horror when they witnessed a grisly act. Having spotted several crocodiles devouring something from a distance, they got closer only to discover it was actually the bottom half of a person.
“All there was to see of him was his trousers,” a local source who did not wish to be named told the UK’s Telegraph.
“We have had no information about anyone missing from villages around us, so we don’t think the man was a local.”
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe conservationist Trevor Lane from the Bhejane Trust confirmed to the African Times Live that they saw “the bottom half of a human”.
“We strongly suspect it was a poacher … Maybe he was wounded and tried to swim across the river.”
Just two days earlier rangers had tried to capture a group of 13 poachers believed to be in the area.
The group alerted authorities but there were no remains by the time they arrived at the scene.
Burmese pythons have an established permanent breeding population in South Florida and belong to the “new” apex predators of the Everglades today. Top predators like the american crocodiles and american alligators prey regularly on all kinds of reptiles, including pythons. An adult alligator will have little trouble to overpower, kill and eat any juvenile and in some cases even an adult constrictor. Nevertheless, a fully grown Burmese Python can reach over twenty feet in lengths and becomes extremely dangerous prey item for most crocodilians including the American Alligator. These large constrictors have not much to fear and will feed on most animals they come across (including alligators) when hungry. Python vs Alligator was filmed by Heiko Kiera aka Ojatro near the Everglades in 2009.