Crocodile kills vicar during mass baptism in Ethiopia

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It's a testament to his faithfulness to Jesus that he was willing to obey Jesus' command to baptize new believers, even knowing that Lake Abaya is filled with crocodiles.

Eshete was carrying out a baptism when the crocodile appeared.

Ethiopian news outlet Borkena.com said members of the church were left devastated by the gruesome attack and reported it widely on social media. "All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor pushing aside the person he was baptising", local resident Ketema Kairo was quoted as saying.

Lake Abaya, which covers an area of 1,162 square kilometers is known for its significant crocodile population.


Ultimately, they only managed to save Eshete's corpse from the crocodile - dragging it from the lake with fishing nets as the crocodile disappeared into the water.

The lake's reddish-brown waters make it hard to spot the animals until they surface, the Telegraph said.

Experts believe they carry out more than 300 attacks on humans in Africa every year.

The incident came a month after a crocodile in Zimbabwe ripped off the arm of local resident Zanele Ndlovu, 25, five days before she was due to marriy her British fiancé, Jamie Fox, 27.

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