Crocodile mauls pastor to death during baptism ceremony at lake


A crocodile "jumped out of a lake" and killed a pastor while he was baptising followers near the water in Ethiopia, it has emerged.

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

Local resident Ketema Kairo told the BBC's Amharic-language service that the Sunday afternoon ceremony had just begun when the incident occurred.

The pastor suffered bites to his legs, back and hands and died in the attack.

Even after their continuous attempts, fishermen and locals failed to salvage pastor Docho, police said.

A giant crocodile killed an African pastor as he was conducting a mass baptism.

The Lonely Planet guide, warns visitors to Lake Abaya that the area has a "large population of crocodiles, which are said to be aggressive towards people and animals". They could not capture the crocodile but they managed to use fishing nets to save the deceased's body.

An Israeli conservationist did not think any crocodiles would dare attack his canoe when he took it out on the Ethiopia's Omo River in 2014, The Jerusalem Post reported. Nile crocodiles can grow up to 20 feet long and weigh more than 2,200 pounds.