The Herpetological Society in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, is expected to hold an inquiry this week after a 32-year-old woman was rescued from a crocodile’s jaws near the Selati River at the weekend.
On Sunday afternoon, Kelly Trauernicht and her family were fishing at a bridge near the water when, according to an eyewitness, the crocodile grabbed her, Letaba Herald reported.
Local anglers who witnessed the incident rushed to Trauernicht’s aid and attacked the crocodile with sticks and stones until it released her.
“We received the call at 12:19. The woman had serious bite wounds to her right arm and body. We took her to the local hospital for treatment after which she was transferred to Polokwane,” local paramedic Jaco Gericke said.
“The local fishermen were the heroes. Their actions certainly saved the woman’s life,” he added.
Zian van den Berg, chairman of the society, said the inquiry would be held in order to determine whether the crocodile was a “problem animal”.
“We want to determine whether there is enough water and runoff for the animal to move away from threats.”
“We believe that the crocodile just saw the opportunity for easy food [when it attacked Trauernicht]. People should also understand that it is a natural river inhabited by crocodiles,” Van den Berg said.
– Caxton News Service