- Crocodile approaches cat at water’s edge of reptile enclosure at zoo
- Cat hisses at crocodile and swats it twice causing it to retreat underwater
When a domestic cat came face to face with a crocodile it seemed the feline was about to meet a grisly end.
The hapless ginger and white cat found its way into the crocodile enclosure at a zoo in Jaipur, India,
As one reptile glided up to the animal at the water’s edge onlookers tried unsuccessfully to scare the moggy away.
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Never smile at a crocodile: The courageous cat hissed at the crocodile before poising ready to pounce
But if the crocodile thought feeding time had come early and the cat would be its helpless victim, it had underestimated the fearsome feline.
As the croc poised to snap up the unusual prey in its jaws, the cat finally spotted the danger in the water to the relief of zoo-goers who assumed it would flee.
Instead it hissed at the crocodile and swiped out with its paw not once, but twice, scratching the croc on the snout.
The crocodile, perhaps not used to such feisty prey gave up and retreated back into the water.
The battle was filmed by Manu Chaudhary, 25, and her husband Vishal, 26, from Southall, Middlesex, who were celebrating their first wedding anniversary by taking in the sights of India.
Mr Chaudhary, who lives in New Delhi, India, said: ‘While we were at the crocodile section we realised a cat had got in and was at the edge of the crocodile pond.
‘We initially thought the cat was under the impression that it was a rat in the pond.
‘When the crocodile came up in the water we felt sure we were witnessing the last minutes of her life.
‘We couldn’t believe it though when the cat daringly warned the crocodile and then fearlessly slapped it twice.
‘I was just screaming: “Oh my God, oh my God”. We were amazed at what we had seen.’
In the video the couple can be heard crying: ‘She’s fighting, oh wow, that’s superb. Look at it!’
The cat is seen scratching the crocodile before sauntering off.
Video shows battle of cat with crocodile at the zoo