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What's lurking underneath your bed?

  • Published at 06:57 pm September 18th, 2013
What's lurking underneath your bed?

Imagine waking up to the possibility of sticking your feet into a mouth full of razor sharp teeth?

That’s exactly what happened to Guy Whittall, Director at Humani and former Zimbabwean cricketer, when he awoke to find a two-metre crocodile hiding beneath his bed, just inches from where he had slept the night before, British newspaper Daily Mail has reported. A giant weighing 150kb, the Nile crocodile had sneaked into the Humani lodge in Zimbabwe, eventually spending the entire night lying quietly under Whittall’s bed.

Whittall had been completely oblivious to the crocodile’s presence as it managed to lay there in hiding for more than eight hours overnight. The following morning, he had even gone on to sit and plan his day with his feet dangling off the edge of the bed, only a few centimetres from where the crocodile was.

Whittall was not aware of the beast until his housemaid screamed upon finding it under the bed.

“The really disconcerting thing about the whole episode is the fact that I was sitting on the edge of the bed that morning, barefoot and just centimetres away from the croc. Crocodiles are experts at hiding, that’s why they have survived on Earth for so long and why they are the ultimate killers in water. They know how to keep quiet and go unnoticed, it’s in their nature. The crocodile came from the Turgwe River which is a couple of kilometres from the house. They often wander about the bush especially when it’s cold and raining. I think he liked it under the bed because it was warm,” Daily Mail quoted the 40-year-old as saying.

Whittall called in some of his co-workers and, with their help, removed the crocodile out of the room and back into Humani’s Chigwidi dam.

Mr Whittall said: “Of course he resisted being roped and hauled out from under the bed, that’s only natural. The only real danger is getting bitten because it can’t drown you. The most important thing is to get its snout roped and secured and then it’s just a matter of restraining it and covering its eyes, to calm it down.”