ZAKA -A seven year-old child from Zaka ran for dear life for about 2km with a giant crocodile in pursuit before villagers rescued him by killing the reptile before a local police neighbourhood watch ferried it to Zibwowa Primary School where it was locked in a room for two days.
Business came to a halt at Zibwowa Primary School last week as pupils and teachers partially suspended their lessons to get a glimpse of the dead reptile.
Masvingo police provincial acting spokesperson Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dhehwa could neither confirm nor deny the incident as he insisted that he was still verifying facts.
Teachers from Zibwowa who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the development and said the reptile was brought to the school by a local police neibhourhood watch.
|When predator becomes prey. Prune Makovore a teacher at Zibhowa Primary, holds the carcass off the crocodile that was killed by villagers in Chiromo area last week.|
"The crocodile was killed in Chiromo area near Murerezi river. We were told that the reptile chased a child from the river for about 3km. The child screamed for help and the villagers came to his rescue and killed the crocodile before a local neighbourhood watch ferried it to this school where he asked for a room to keep the reptile while he contact the police at Zaka. He later said he was instructed to bury other parts of the crocodile except for the head which he took to the police station," said one of the teachers.
Teachers and pupils however, enjoyed a lifetime opportunity to have photo sessions with the crocodile.
Efforts to get comment from the National Parks and Wildlife Management were fruitless by the time of going to the press.