This unlucky crocodile found itself right underneath the feet of the world’s largest land mammal – the African Elephant, and, unfortunately, did not make it to see another day.
Elephants are generally peaceful and extremely caring animals; however, females can become very aggressive when protecting a young calf. In fact, male elephants in musth can be just as aggressive. We have shared footage of an elephant walking up to a buffalo, stabbing it and calmly then walking away.
Not to mention this elephant trampling a rhino AND her calf at a waterhole!
And, probably the most related to this, was an elephant flicking a hippo into the air.
But, an elephant attacking a crocodile is a first for Latest Sightings. The unique sighting was captured by Hans Henrik Haahr while on safari in Zambia.
Crocodiles are opportunistic hunters and have been known to prey on baby elephants. This mother elephant was not taking any chances and was not happy with the crocodile being so close to her young calf –to protect her calf, she removed the threat of the crocodile entirely. You can even see the elephant is lactating.
She went up to the crocodile and started pushing it with her trunk and head, her behaviour got very aggressive, and she started trampling the crocodile. If you notice, the elephant doesn’t have tusks, so she is resorting to using her mouth for most of the attack. She even went as far as wrapping her trunk around the crocodile’s tail and tossing it around while trampling it.
The continuous trampling by the female elephant weighing between 2,700 and 3,600 kg resulted in the inevitable death of the crocodile. Hans said he had almost no words to describe the interaction, just that it was “shocking!”