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Ninja Terrapin Escapes From A Crocodile

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In a spectacular moment pictured at Kruger National Park in South Africa, a terrapin is thrown into the air by a crocodile waiting for its prey to land in its mouth. That did not happen, however.

Mario Moreno, a guide and photographer, said the terrapin’s shell was so slippery that the animal was able to escape. It was pure luck.

Later, the lucky terrapin was seen chilling out on a rock after its near miss. South African safari guide was visiting Lake Panic in Kruger National Park.

“I was focusing particularly on a landscape shot of the lake when one of my guests alerted me to one of the crocodiles making a move.I quickly turned to my right and was lucky enough to get a few shots of the action.The crocodile was tossing the terrapin in what I believe was an attempt to put it into position and swallow it.

But while doing this the terrapin slipped out of the crocodile’s jaws and quickly disappeared.It was only about 30 metres away from where we were and there didn’t seems to be any visible damage.We saw the turtle later on and despite looking a little shook up, it seemed unharmed.I have over 15 years worth of experience as a wildlife photographer I have never seen this happen before.

The crocs are all over the place patiently waiting for an opportunity, you could sit there for hours and the crocs would just float motionless.We were just lucky to be at the right place at the right time.”

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