This crocodile’s eyes were certainly bigger than its stomach.
A thrilling video captures the moment an elephant thwarted an attack by a hungry crocodile by swinging the reptile from its tail.
The colossal animal was wading in the shallow waters of the Luangwa River in Western Zambia when the crocodile latched on.
The elephant frantically ran toward land but stopped short of the shoreline when it realized the crocodile wasn’t going to give up a potential meal so easily.
It spun in circles numerous times, alternating the direction every few seconds, while seriously flicking its tail.
The elephant finally shakes the hungry croc loose with one last fling of its tail before nonchalantly storming onto dry land, leaving the reptile to slink back beneath the murky water.
One lucky group of safari guides just happened to be driving past the river in time to witness the drama unfold.
“It was one of those days where we were heading back to camp from home on our off days. Just a regular drive, or so we thought. Little did we know that we were about to witness a once-in-a-lifetime event,” 53-year-old safari guide Emmanuel Sauti, who filmed the encounter, said.
Sauti said he couldn’t help but feel nervous for the crocodile, who clearly picked on too large of a target.