A brave Chiredzi woman recently rescued her three-year-old son from the jaws of a crocodile, literally, in a river near Gonarezhou National Park.
Maurina Musisinyana (30) of Chihosi Village told ZBC News that she was fishing in the crocodile-infested Runde River while her son Gideon was playing with his brother on the riverbank.
Musisinyana said she was alerted of the crocodile attack by her screams from her sister-in-law. She told ZBC News:
We only realised this when the crocodile was already dragging the baby into the river.
I immediately rushed to the scene. My son had been shielding himself from the sun with an umbrella, so upon arrival at the scene, I noticed the umbrella floating in the river and went straight there to locate him and the crocodile.
Upon finding the crocodile, I pressed its nose hard — a tip I learnt from the elders long back that if you suffocate a crocodile from its nose, it loses its strength and that is exactly what I did.
The crocodile lost its strength and I used my other arm to free my baby’s head from its jaws. It then let him loose, but the crocodile bit my hand in the process.
The child was eventually taken to a hospital for treatment and was said to be in a stable condition.
He had sustained injuries to his face resulting in a lot of bleeding, which was making it difficult for him to breath.
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