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23 June 2017 Last updated 1 minute ago

Giant 16ft crocodile sneaks up on gazelle before ripping it in half

This is the moment a crocodile launched a ferocious attack on a gazelle, before tearing it in half using its powerful jaws. The 16ft reptile was lying in wait as its thirsty prey ran into a river to drink in the Masai Mara National Reserve, in Kenya.

Snatching the female by its leg, the half-ton beast dragged the gazelle underwater and drowned it before hauling its prey closer to the shore.

But after realising the Thompson's gazelle was too big to eat whole, the predator used its jaws to break the antelope two.

The male crocodile was then able to swallow its dinner in just two gulps.

Wildlife photographer Jeffrey Wu, of Toronto, Canada, was in Kenya when he saw the 'shocking' attack unfolding.

Mr Wu said: 'I was leading a photographic tour in Kenya and Botswana and we were waiting on the shore of the Mala river in the hope of capturing the wildebeest crossing.

'Gazelles regularly cross the Mala river in migration season as they follow the rain for grass.

'But they usually mix with large herd animals like wildebeest and zebra when they try to cross, as crocodiles tend to hunt the larger mammals.

'That afternoon, despite the threat of the crocodiles, a gazelle was too thirsty to care about the predators.

'It ran straight into the shallow water and the rest of the small herd, made up of around 12 gazelles, followed.

'They were intercepted by crocodiles, four gazelles were killed by five huge crocs and this set of images captured one of them.

'The rest of the herd went back to shore and had to watch the others being eaten but that's how they learn and next time they'll be more careful.

'The crocodile closest to the gazelle snatched it by the leg then pulled it underwater for about 7 to 8 minutes to drown it.

'The crocodile then carried the dead body across the river to the shore and bit into the middle of the gazelle before lifting it up and firmly slapping it against the water again and again until the body snapped into two, which took around 15 seconds.

'The gazelle was quickly swallowed - the lower body and upper body - in two gulps. It was like a snack for the crocodile.'

The 51-year-old added: 'To see a half-ton crocodile hunting and eating this gazelle was frightening and the power and brutality was shocking.

'This one was a male, about five metres long and at least 10 years old.

'From the gazelle stepping into the water to being snatched by the crocodile only took about 30 seconds.

'We were about 25 metres away from the crocodile and seeing this, I felt the true power of nature displayed by these pre-historic killing machines.

'The scene was wild and raw from the speed and precision when they attacked to the strength and fury when they slapped the gazelle like a ragdoll. It was unbelievable.' (Mail Online)