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Wildebeest Escapes Small Croc to Swim into Jaws of Monster Croc

A herd of wildebeest drink water at the Gezantombi Waterhole and one unlucky calf is grabbed by a crocodile. A second massive crocodile arrived on the scene and snatched the struggling wildebeest out of the jaws of the smaller croc.

Wildebeest Escapes Small Croc to Swim into Jaws of Monster Croc
Monster crocodile hones in on helpless wildebeest

22-year-old twins Nicole Cromme and Alex Cromme were on safari in the Kruger National Park. Driving along the main road from crocodile bridge to Lower Sabie camp, they witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime sighting. The twins shared their experience with

“We were overlooking the dam when we noticed a crocodile move into the water. We decided to wait around as we saw a herd of wildebeest nearby. The wildebeest were all very skittish and approached the water numerous times. Many different wildebeest herds approached the water. The crocodile almost ended up touching them but didn’t attack.”

Wildebeest drink at waterhole

Crocodiles are ambush hunters that lie in wait for unsuspecting prey. This is what this particular crocodile was doing – patiently waiting for the perfect moment. Crocodiles are incredible ambush hunters and can remain motionless even when an animal is inches from them.

“Patience may not always pay off in the wild. However, this time it surely did! We had a feeling that something was going to happen as we knew a hungry crocodile was lurking in the murky water. After waiting for about 30 minutes, this happened.”

Wildebeest Escapes Small Croc to Swim into Jaws of Monster Croc
Wildebeest Escapes Small Croc to Swim into Jaws of Monster Croc

“We were in the car with my parents. There was one other car there, and no doubt they were experiencing the same anticipation that we were.”


“The crocodile burst out of the water and managed to grab ahold of one of the smaller wildebeest. It originally had the wildebeest by the nose, but once they were in the water, for a brief moment, it lost its hold but managed to grab the wildebeest’s right front leg. The wildebeest was not giving up. It managed to fight its way to the edge of the dam. Unfortunately for the wildebeest, a much larger crocodile was watching the commotion from close by.”

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“We suspect the first crocodile was not strong enough to take down the wildebeest alone. That is why the wildebeest was only put out of its misery by the bigger crocodile. The wildebeest reached the bank of the dam where the larger crocodile chomped down on it, ending the wildebeest.”

Wildebeest swims into the jaws of a massive croc!

Crocodile drowns wildebeest

“We thought the wildebeest would get away at one point. However, we agreed that its leg would have been severely injured and that it would have been in a lot of pain. That would have resulted in the wildebeest not surviving much longer anyways.”

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