A huge crocodile blocked the entrance to a hospital in Hwange, a city in Zimbabwe. This caused panic around the city as patients in the hospital were kept at bay for close to 2 hours as they crocodile charged at passersby.
The crocodile was first spotted by taxi drivers on Tuesday evening, said the state-controlled Chronicle. As it charged at patients trying to get into the hospital, panicked residents began phoning the authorities.
“In less than five minutes I had received more than 10 phone calls from residents who were in serious panic mode. At first I thought it was a prank because crocodiles are found around water bodies and not in the middle of a suburb.”,” Themba Tshuma, an official from the local housing board told the paper.
“Outlandish speculations were given by the scared residents, with some believing that someone fond of using juju (magic) may have failed to follow given instructions and suddenly changed into a giant, angry, living crocodile,” he said.
It’s not clear where the crocodile came from. The site of the hospital is 10km away from the nearest water body, Kalape Dam. But crocodiles often turn up in odd places during the rainy season in Zimbabwe – and the rains around Hwange have been heavy this year.
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The Chronicle said the crocodile “made the hospital a no-go area for almost two hours as it charged at anyone who came close to the gate”. A grainy photo posted by the paper showed that the crocodile looked large – likely around three metres long.
Zimbabwe National Parks rangers eventually shot it dead.
In the capital Harare, a woman was fatally attacked by a the animal on Thursday as she crossed a stream, while a boy escaped with injuries in another attack in the south-eastern district of Chiredzi.
Last year, out of the 34 people killed in attacks by wild animals, 21 were killed by crocodiles, according to the state parks authority.