A hungry crocodile looking for a bite to eat at a watering hole in Zambia was left without lunch after a warthog and an antelope managed to avoid being gobbled up in quick succession.
Incredible footage recorded by Johan Vermeulen from a hiding place inside the South Luangwa National Park shows the predator stalking its prey from the murky waters before striking out with astonishing speed.
However, the reptile was not quite quick enough. First a warthog narrowly avoids being bitten on the snout as the creature leaps out of the water, and then a timid antelope manages to leap clear of its jaw as it tries again to make a catch.
Mr Vermeulen, who was crouching in a secret hiding place next to the water’s edge, said: ‘What an incredible experience to witness something like this at such close proximity – the anticipation as you know there is a croc there waiting, and the animals coming down to drink don’t know this.
And then waiting for the crocodile to strike is such a thrill and rush. It happens so quick, it’s amazing how fast these incredible creatures are.
It was a very special experience as animals go about their usual ways not knowing that there is someone watching them. Hippos would walk right past the hide without even knowing I was there. You can almost touch them.
While the exact species of crocodile which features in Mr Vermeulen’s video is not known, it is likely a Nile crocodile, which are common throughout sub-Saharan Africa and live in freshwater rivers and swamps.
They are the world’s second largest crocodile species, and Africa’s largest, measuring up to 6ft long and weighing as much as 1,650lbs.
Their diet consists mainly of fish, according to the National Geographic, but they will eat almost anything that crosses their path, including wildebeest, zebras, and even small hippos.
They are also known as man-eating crocodiles, and while official numbers are scarce, it is believed that as many as 200 people are eaten each year.