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Mother Saves Her Child From Crocodile By Sticking Fingers Up Its Nose

Maurina Musisinyana

Maurina Musisinyana said the attack took place while she was fishing | [Photo: Courtesy]

A mother’s love knows no bounds and that includes eve the jaws of a killer crocodile.

A brave mother saved her baby’s life after she wrestled her toddler son from the jaws of a killer crocodile by sticking her fingers up its nose.


The 30-year-old woman identified as Maurina Musisinyana is reported to have left her two children playing under an umbrella on the bank of the Runde River in Zimbabwe while she went fishing nearby.

She ran dashing back to the river bank when heard a scream and found a crocodile dragging away her three-year-old son Gideon.

Maurina jumped on the reptile and used her fingers to block its nose, forcing it to release its grip on the boy.

She was able to snatch Gideon away but not without injury as the crocodile bit her hand.

The toddler was rushed to hospital after the horror, near Gonarezhou National Park, with severe bleeding and facial injuries that were making it hard for him to breathe.

But he has since made a full recovery.

Speaking about the incident, Maurina, from Chihosi village, Chiredzi, said:

“I pressed its nose hard, a tip I learnt from the elders long back.

“If you ­suffocate a crocodile from its nose it loses its strength and that is exactly what I did.

“I used my other arm to free my baby’s head from its jaws. Even to this day, I still do not believe I rescued my son.”

The reptiles breathe mostly through their mouths but when grappling with prey in the water, the mouth valve stays shut and they breathe through their nostrils.

The Runde River is swarming with Nile crocodiles, which can grow up to 20ft long and weigh up to 120 stone. They are thought to attack more than 200 people a year.

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