Bloody Swamp: A Lone Striped Leg Hangs From The Dea.dly Jaws Of A Giant Crocodile
Two photographers captured the moment two African crocodiles demonstrated their incredible hunting skills on two very different types of prey: a pelican and a young zebra.
Wildlife photographer Ingo Gerlach was on the banks of the Mara River in Kenya when he saw a huge herd of zebras trying to cross the treacherous waters.
It seemed as if the herd had passed the expanse of water without problems but then he noticed a huge crocodile had pulled a foal under the water.
He captured the moment the reptile clamped its jaws down on the zebra and tore it apart.
‘The crocodiles are very brutal. The body of the dead zebra foal is torn apart with extreme force,’ he said.
‘Crocodiles can’t bite pieces of meat off their victims. All they can do is tear it down and then gobble it up.’
A lone striped leg is seen hanging from the crocodile’s jaw as it continued eating – but nothing was left of the zebra after an hour or so, Mr Gerlach said.
Elsewhere, Jen Guyton captured a crocodile enjoying a pelican supper after sneaking up on a group of unsuspecting birds.
The ecologist and photographer’s pictures show storks and pelicans taking a drink by the Msicadzi River in the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique while crocodiles are seen lurking just below the water’s surface.
Other striking images show the moment a 400lb jumps into action and snatches a pelican to devour.
But the large crocodile struggled to swallow his meal and some was eventually stolen by a smaller reptile.
Ms Guyton explained that the dry season led to desperate actions from some species but opportunities for others.