A routine trip to the water hole recently resulted in a life-or-death struggle for a pair of African elephants when they were ambushed by a hungry Nile crocodile (pictured).
Tourist Martin Nyfeler of Kloten, Switzerland, captured pictures of the wild encounter during a visit to Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park in late September.
“We saw a mother elephant and baby at the water hole and said [to the guides], You know, what a cute picture, let’s stop here,” Nyfeler told National Geographic News.
“And suddenly the croc jumped out. The whole event took maybe 15 seconds.”