Now that’s what you call playing with your food! Crocodiles play game of volleyball with tortoise

They say you shouldn’t play with your food but this clearly isn’t a rule crocodiles follow as they were spotted playing ball with a shell-shocked tortoise.

A crocodile decides to play ball with a turtle

A crocodile decides to play ball with a turtle

The unfortunate leopard tortoise was flung into the air like a football as the hungry crocodiles toyed with it before one of them swallowed it whole.

The images were taken by part time photographer Lisl Moolman from Phalaborwa, South Africa.

A crocodile decides to play ball with a turtle

A crocodile decides to play ball with a turtle

Lisl, 42, was on holiday with her family at Kruger National Park when she captured the encounter.

She said: “I was sitting at the dam, sightseeing and watching animals as they came to drink.

Two crocodiles decide to play ball with a turtle

Two crocodiles decide to play ball with a turtle

“As is the norm, crocodiles’ sunbathe at this dam. Everything was quiet and tranquil, until another visitor attracted my attention showing me that a crocodile just caught a leopard tortoise and was moving into the water at great speed.

“I saw a crocodile at the water’s edge moving into the water with high speed, a leopard tortoise clamped tightly between its jaws.

A crocodile decides to play ball with a turtle

A crocodile decides to play ball with a turtle

“The tortoise shell is notoriously quite hard to break. It kept the tortoise in its jaws, while some more crocodiles gathered around it.

“It wasn’t long before they started fighting over it, and the tortoise disappeared into the depths of the water after being dropped by its ‘owner’.

Two crocodiles decide to toy with their food

Two crocodiles decide to toy with their food

“After a couple of minutes, it drifted to the surface, where a crocodile guarded it until  swimming away after about half an hour.”