Giant 16ft crocodile sneaks up on gazelle in Masai Mara.

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.

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.

Gazelles regularly cross the Mara 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.

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


Kenneth Mwandara

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