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Bride-biting Zim crocodile shot dead: report

14 May 2018, 19:39 GMT+10

Zimbabwe game rangers have shot dead the crocodile that attacked and mauled a former national tennis player just days before her wedding, state media is reporting.

"We have since managed to track and kill the crocodile because since it tasted human blood it was bound to be a problem," Tinashe Farawo, spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority told the Sunday News.

The crocodile attacked Zanele Ndlovu five days before her wedding to UK national Jamie Fox as they were paddling an inflatable boat with other tourists on the Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls.

No fear of danger

The crocodile punctured their boat and then gripped Ndlovu's arm and repeatedly tried to drag her under the water. She was eventually rescued by her fiancee and their canoe guides, but her right arm was so badly mauled it had to be amputated above the elbow.

Ndlovu told the Sunday News that on the day of the attack she and her fiancee had felt relaxed and in no fear of imminent danger.

"We had no fears at all but they (the guides) did mention that we would see a couple of crocodiles but they didn't warn us that they could attack us, so we were quite relaxed, we were not expecting anything like that to happen," she told the paper.

Ndlovu's courage to go ahead with her wedding while still wrapped in bandages just days after the attack made headlines worldwide.

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