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Buck Swims for Its Life from Crocodile

A brave lechwe attempts to cross the crocodile-infested Chobe River in search of greener pastures but gets chased by a hungry crocodile.

Caitlyn Earwaker, a 24-year-old veterinary nurse, and her family were on a boat cruise when they witnessed this incredible sighting. Caitlyn and Lucy Whitehead shared their story and footage with

A brave lechwe jumps into the water

“As we cruised along the Chobe River in Botswana, we were treated to the sight of numerous animals coming to the river’s edge to drink. Our guide suddenly pointed out a lechwe (a large antelope with a distinctive red coat) swimming across the river. It was a peaceful scene until a crocodile emerged from the water and made a beeline for the lechwe.”

Buck Swims for Its Life!

High speed chase in the Chobe river

“We all held our breath as the lechwe, sensing the danger, began to swim faster. The crocodile, determined to make a meal of the lechwe, hastened his pace. The lechwe and crocodile continued their high-speed chase across the river. The lechwe, with its powerful legs, was able to stay just ahead of the crocodile, but it was close.”

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Lechwe are medium-to-large antelope that prefer marshes and river systems. They have specially adapted long legs that allow them to easily power through the water when pursued. These antelope are commonly found in areas of Botswana such as the Chobe River System.


“At one point, the crocodile snapped its jaws shut, missing the lechwe by mere inches. The lechwe, sensing that it was in the clear, began to swim towards the shore.”

“The crocodile, not ready to give up its prey, continued its pursuit. We were all amazed at the sheer athleticism and determination of both the lechwe and the crocodile. The lechwe, with its powerful legs, was able to swim faster and more efficiently than the crocodile, but the crocodile’s strength and endurance allowed it to keep up.”

Crocodiles, being such large reptiles, do not commonly hunt prey by chasing it down. They tend to prefer stalking and ambushing. However, they will not pass up the opportunity when presented.

“As the lechwe reached the shore, we all let out a collective sigh of relief. It was a truly incredible experience to witness such a dramatic and intense struggle. The Chobe River is truly a must-visit destination for anyone interested in wildlife and nature. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, you’re sure to be captivated by the beauty and drama of this stunning region.”

Success at last for the buck

Written by Mohammed Kathrada

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