Elephant’s Epic Battle with Crocodile: Tail’s Swish Saves the Day

In a remarkable wildlife encounter, an elephant’s swift tail maneuver proved its saving grace during a rare confrontation with a crocodile in Zambia’s Luangwa River.

Captured in a mesmerizing video shared by Latest Sightings, a determined elephant is seen crossing the river, only to be ambushed by an aggressive crocodile beneath the water’s surface.

Watch the video at the end.


The footage, expertly recorded by safari guide Emmanuel Sauti, 53, showcases the gripping struggle between these two mighty creatures.

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The crocodile launches several attempts to seize the elephant’s tail, but each time, the pachyderm’s vigorous defense and powerful tail swish thwart the reptile’s advances.

The intense duel continues as the persistent crocodile persists, eventually gripping the elephant’s tail momentarily before losing its hold, thanks to its vigorous counterattack.

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After an exhilarating showdown, the crocodile concedes defeat, allowing the triumphant elephant to emerge unscathed from the river with its prized tail.

“I was thrilled to witness something so rare. And boy, was it a sight to see! The elephant was putting up a good fight, and the crocodile wasn’t backing down either,” shared Sauti with Latest Sightings.

Reflecting on the astonishing encounter, Sauti expressed, “In the end, the elephant managed to shake off the crocodile and cross the river. What a relief. That was one of the most exhilarating moments of my career as a safari guide.”


According to experts, the audacious crocodile’s decision to take on an elephant, a formidable opponent, suggests extreme hunger or overconfidence. Typically, crocodiles target smaller prey like antelope and fish for sustenance.

This riveting battle of nature’s titans serves as a gripping reminder of the unexpected twists that unfold in the animal kingdom, showcasing the remarkable resilience and resourcefulness of creatures in the wild.

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