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Pastor Attacked and Killed by Crocodile During Baptism Ceremony

A church congregation in southern Ethiopia planned a beautiful baptism ceremony for 80 people. The congregation got into the waters of Lake Abaya on Sunday morning, enjoying the scenic views and the seemingly peaceful setting. This is meant to mirror what is believed to be the way John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ.

The spiritual event is commonly held at the side of lakes and rivers in Africa, with newly-converted Christians dedicating themselves to their faith. As this group began their religious rite when tragedy struck. A crocodile attacked and killed the pastor as the congregation looked on helplessly.

Pastor Doncho Eshete was presiding over the ceremony, and almost as soon as he began the baptisms, the crocodile crept up to him and bit his leg, back and hands.

“He baptized the first person and he passed on to another one. All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor,” said an onlooker.

A group of fishermen in the water witnessed the account and attempted to rescue the 45-year-old pastor, but were unable to save him before it was too late. They were able to use their fishing nets to hold the body so that the carnivorous creature could not take it away.

“They only managed to get his dead body,” said officer Eiwnetu Kanko, who was dispatched to the scene of the attack. “They were unable to save him.”

The distraught congregation could do nothing but watch helplessly from the shore as the deadly attack took place. The animal attack was so quick and violent there was little anyone could do for the pastor but pray.

The crocodile, believed to be a Nile crocodile, escaped unharmed.

Nile crocodiles are the largest freshwater predators in Africa, and are the second-largest reptile in the world. Nile crocodiles are even more dangerous than the American Alligator, reports National Geographic.

They can grow to be up to 20 feet in length and weigh as much as one ton. These crocodiles are known to be very aggressive. They like to ambush their prey, and will wait patiently for the perfect time to strike. They are extremely quick and deliver an incredibly powerful bite. It's almost impossible to get away once they sink their razor-like teeth into the flesh.

The Crocodile Specialist Group believes the Nile crocodile is responsible for 300 attacks every year in Africa. Lake Abaya is teeming with aggressive crocodiles and people are warned to exercise caution when visiting. The lake has few fish, so the predators will attack humans and pets if they are able. African authorities have warned people to avoid going out on the lake in small boats, which the beasts easily overturn.

Trying to stay in knee-deep water close to shore is not going to help visitors. The crocodiles generally lurk around shallow areas, hiding beneath the murky surface, waiting for a large animal, or even a human, to wade in or walk near the water’s edge. They will leap out and go after prey.

According to Independent, "It is thought to be responsible for more attacks on people than any other crocodile species, and it has been said that the Nile Crocodile causes the third highest number of large-animal-related human fatalities in Africa, after hippos and lions."

Source: Breitbart
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