Rare tussle between an elephant and crocodile in Liwonde National Park

An Mvuu Camp guest recently captured an extremely rare sighting of a heated tussle between a crocodile and an elephant in Liwonde National Park. The scene unfolded when a breeding herd of elephants began ambling along the riverbank to quench their thirst, oblivious and unsuspecting of the crocodile lurking in the waters nearby.

Just as a calf began to drink, dipping its trunk in the water, the large crocodile sprang up from the water with calculated precision, locking the defenceless elephant’s trunk between its lethal jaws. The calf bellowed in agony as it attempted to get away. Meanwhile, the elephants that had stood alongside the calf gave into their primal instinct of retreating to safety, momentarily leaving the calf to fend for itself.

Moments later, a larger elephant that appeared to be the matriarch of the herd, entered the scene with a deafening, mighty bellow, determined to turn around the course of events. She stomped on the crocodile and it released the calf. Having put up a futile yet brave fight to free itself from the crocodile’s relentless hold, the calf ran back to the safety and solace of its herd as soon as its rescuer intervened.

We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to witness this rare video which was posted by an Mvuu Camp guest, whilst he was on a boat safari with one of our CAWS guides. The video can be seen on the CAWS Facebook page and has had over 200,000 views.

Video credit: Please see guest details in video post.

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