A morning dip was out of the question for Angela Breytenbach when she spotted an unexpected visitor lounging in her pool – a three-metre-long crocodile.
Angela’s day started like any other, she tells us.
“I checked my CCTV cams around 4.30am before I was going to go outside to feed my chickens. I told my cat, Whiskas, ‘No, no, no it can't be’,” she tells us.
Angela, who lives on a farm in the North West, played back the CCTV recording and saw the crocodile arriving shortly before 2am that morning.
“She seems to have enjoyed her swim!”
The croc had strolled over from a nearby river, about two kilometres away.
Angela’s husband, Jaco Breytenbach, was on his way from work when he got a call about their visitor.
“He was quite surprised, to say the least, and very excited when he arrived home – as you can see in his croc selfie.”
With the help of their farm patrol WhatsApp group and the Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation, the crocodile was safely removed from the pool and taken to an animal sanctuary.
“The capture was done perfectly and safely, with no harm at all to the animal or any humans. I must applaud everyone for their awesome handling of the situation,” Angela says.
She said the croc was probably displaced by the recent heavy rains brought by Cyclone Eloise.