Crocodile Kills Ethiopian Pastor During Baptism

Crocodile Kills Ethiopian Pastor During Baptism

Crocodile Kills Ethiopian Pastor During Baptism

The crocodile dragged the pastor into Lake Abaya - situated in the southern city of Arba Minch - as those with him watched on, the Ethiopian news site Borkena reported.

While hardly an every day occurrence, crocodile attacks are a known risk in Ethiopia - as in Florida or any region where they thrive.

Eshete was carrying out a baptism when the crocodile appeared.

Despite the best efforts of parishioners and bystanders, the pastor was bitten on his legs, back and arms and could not be saved.

"He [Eshete] baptised the first person and he passed on to another one".

Members of his church failed in attempts to save him.

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The crocodile was not captured.

Fishermen and residents managed to prevent the crocodile from dragging Eshete's body into the lake using fishing nets, the BBC said, however they couldn't capture the animal.

Some of the predators can grow up to six metres in length and weigh as much as 1000kgs.

A recent shortage of fish in Ethiopia's Lake Abaya has led to more aggressive behaviour from its resident crocodiles.

The Telegraph reported that lake and riverside baptisms are common in many African countries, notwithstanding the risk.

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