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