There is a crocodile under my bed!

Source: Daily Mail

Like every other morning, Guy Whitall woke up, slung his legs over the side of the bed, and planned his day before walking  through to the kitchen. But what started off as another normal day for Guy was soon going to turn into something out of a Steve Erwin documentary. Shortly after tucking into his breakfast, shrill screams from the housekeeper alerted Guy that foul play was underway…

I’m sure you can imagine Guy’s face when he ran through to the source of the screaming – his room – and found an eight foot, 136 kg crocodile under his bed!  Guy realised the croc must have spent the entire night under there.  Luckily, having a vast knowledge of crocodiles, he knew what to do. The 40-year-old former Zimbabwean cricketer, Guy Whitall, lives a couple of kilometres away from the Turgwe River. A lovely setting, but also home to deadly crocs.

Guy rounded up employees from the Humani lodge, where he is the director, and the removal of his uninvited guest began.



Guy had this to say about his crocodile neighbors, “They often wander about the bush especially when it’s cold and raining. I think he liked it under the bed because it was warm.”


“They know how to keep quiet and go unnoticed, it’s in their nature.” said Guy.


Staff managed to get a rope around its head, and then dragged it out by its tail as it fought furiously.

“Of course he resisted being roped and hauled out from under the bed, that’s only natural.” Guy said.


“Catching and securing a croc of any size on land though is a fairly straight forward affair, and we are experienced in that… bigger crocs require more manpower obviously though. When roped they thrash around frantically and are extremely powerful.”



What looks like a game of crocodile bucking bronco, Guy explains as a safety precaution when dealing with crocs. “The most important thing is to get its snout roped and secured and then it’s just a matter of restraining it and covering its eyes, to calm it down.”


A rather grumpy, but unharmed, croc is returned back to the river from where he came.

“The really disconcerting thing about the whole episode is the fact that I was sitting on the edge of the bed that morning, bare foot and just centimetres away from the croc.” said Guy.

Guy might be sleeping with the light on for while but he certainly has a riveting story to tell his friends. After the ‘croc found under bed’ ordeal was over, Guy has this to say, “I just remember thinking ‘Goodness gracious, that’s one for the books.’”

Source: Daily Mail



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