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A brave lechwe attempts to cross the crocodile-infested Chobe River in search of greener pastures, but gets chased by a hungry crocodile.
Lechwe narrowly escapes crocodile jaws.

Caitlyn Earwaker, a 24-year-old tertiary care nurse, and her family were on a boat cruise when they witnessed this incredible sighting. Caitlyn and Lucy Whitehead shared their story and footage with LatestSightings.com.

A brazen lechwe jumps into the water.
“As we cruised along the Chobe River in Botswana, we were treated to the sight of numerous animals flocking to the river’s edge to drink. Our guide suddenly pointed out a lechwe (a large antelope with a distinctive red coat) swinging across the river. It was a peaceful scene until a crocodile emerged from the water and made a beeline for the lechwe.

Buck is battling for its life in the water!
High-speed pursuit in the desirable ridgeLoaded: 20.01% Retained Time: 1:49
“We all held our breath as the lechwe, sensing the danger, began to swing faster. The crocodile, determined to make a meal of the lechwe, hastened his pace. The lechwe and crocodile continued their high-speed chase across the river. The lechwe, with its powerful legs, was able to stay just ahead of the crocodile, but it was close.

Lechwe are medium-to-large antelope that prefer marshes and rier systems. When pursued, they have specially adapted long legs that allow them to easily power through the water.These antelope can only be found in a few areas of Botswana, including the Choe Rier System.

“At one point, the crocodile snapped its jaws shut, missing the lechwe by a few inches.” The lechwe, sensing that it was in the clear, began to swim towards the shore.

“The crocodile, not yet ready to give up its prey, continued its pursuit.” We were all amazed at the sheer athleticism and determination of both the lechwe and the crocodile. “The lechwe, with its powerful legs, was able to move faster and more efficiently than the crocodile, but the crocodile’s strength and endurance allowed it to keep up.”

Crocodiles, being such large reptiles, do not only hunt prey by chasing it down. They tend to prefer stalking and ambush. However, they will not pass up the opportunity when it is presented.

“As the lechwe reached the shore, we all let out a collective sigh of relief.” It was a truly incredible experience to witness such a dramatic and intense struggle. The Chobe River is truly a “must-visit” destination for anyone interested in wildlife and nature. “Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, you’re sure to be captured by the beauty and drama of this stunning region.”