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    Man finds 8ft crocodile hidden under his bed

    NewsReptiles and amphibiansThursday 19 September 2013
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    Guy Whitthall was certainly in for a surprise when he woke up and found a giant 330lbs crocodile under his bed. It turned out that the giant reptile had snaked into the Humani lodge in Zimbabwe and had spent the entire night lying quietly beneath Mr Whitall whilst he slept.

    The Nile crocodile had managed to stay hidden for more than 8 hours overnight.

    Even when Mr Whittall woke up and had his feet dangling over the edge of the bed the croc was sill there with his toes just inches from the beasts face.

    It was only when he woke up to go and have breakfast did he hear the screams of the housemaid who alerted him to the unidentified guest in his bedroom.

    He commented that 'The really disconcerting thing about the whole episode is the fact that I was sitting on the edge of the bed that morning, bare foot and just centimetres away from the croc.

    'Crocodiles are experts at hiding, that's why they have survived on Earth for so long and why they are the ultimate killers in water.

    'They know how to keep quiet and go unnoticed, it's in their nature.

    'The crocodile came from the Turgwe River which is a couple of kilometres from the house.

    'They often wander about the bush especially when it's cold and raining. I think he liked it under the bed because it was warm.'

    Mr Whitall then called in some of his co-workers who helped remove the crocidle from its new home and release it back into the wild.

    'Of course he resisted being roped and hauled out from under the bed, that's only natural.

    'Catching and securing a croc of any size on land though is a fairly straight forward affair and we are experienced in that.

    'The only real danger is getting bitten because it can't drown you.

    'The most important thing is to get its snout roped and secured and then it's just a matter of restraining it and covering its eyes, to calm it down.

    'Bigger crocs require more manpower obviously though. When roped they thrash around frantically and are extremely powerful.

    'I just remember thinking "goodness gracious, that's one for the books. I'm pretty sure everyone in Humani checks under their bed before going to sleep now anyway.'

    The croc is now safely back in the wild. 

     

    Source: Daily Mail

    Photo: Wikimedia

     

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