Moment a mother elephant stamps a crocodile to death in Zambia

Moment a mother elephant stamps a crocodile to death in Zambia

October 19, 2021

Moment a mother elephant stamps a crocodile to death as it stalks her calf in Zambia

  • Hans Henrik Haahr from Denmark filmed the incident while on safari in Zambia
  • The female elephant spotted the crocodile in shallow water on the Zambezi river
  • The crocodile was stalking the elephant’s calf who was on the river’s bank  

A crocodile was stamped to death by an angry elephant while stalking her calf in shallow water in Zambia. 

The large female African elephant violently attacked the crocodile which was near the water’s edge of the Zambezi River. 

Tourist Hans Henrik Haahr filmed the footage while on safari with a group from the Baines River Camp. 

The crocodile was lurking near the water’s edge on the Zambezi River when it was spotted by a large female African elephant who was walking through the park

Despite not having tusks, the elephant used her weight to crush the predator on under the water

A spokesperson for the Bains River Camp, which led group on safari. They claimed: ‘Guests witnessed this dramatic sighting unfold between two of Africa’s most feared mega-fauna’

The dramatic video shows the elephant stamping on the crocodile, which looks to be between eight and ten feet long. 

As the crocodile thrashes beneath the surface, the elephant relentlessly crushing the smaller predator. 

After a further minute, the elephant grabbed the crocodile by its tail and lifts it clear from the water. 

While out of the water, the crocodile failed to struggle suggesting it was already dead or mortally wounded.  

A number of other elephants stood on the river bank while the mother dealt with the crocodile

Eventually, the elephant grabs the crocodile by its tail. At this stage the crocodile is no longer thrashing and is likely dead

 Mr Haar, who is from Århus, Denmark, witnessed the encounter. 

The Baines River Camp shared the video on its Facebook page: ‘Guests witnessed this dramatic sighting unfold between two of Africa’s most feared mega-fauna. 

‘Perhaps this was a revenge attack fueled by previous ambush attempts by many a crocodile on her young or the greater herd. Whatever it was, this cow was here with one intention only.’ 

The safari company added: ‘While this footage might be difficult to watch, it demonstrates just how raw and tough life is in the bush.’ 

Mr Haar described the incident as ‘shocking’. 

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