Thursday, 13 April, 2017

11 year old Mphathi Ndlovu was attacked and killed by a Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) while bathing alongside two friends within the Kana River in Jotsholo; his body was later recovered.

Location data

Latitude: -18.688493000000
Longitude: 27.568744000000

Incident details

Outcome: Fatal
Victim Age: 11
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Bathing alongside two friends after herding cattle
Witnessed: Yes
Overall Quality of Report
Most important information is present and well-detailed
Date of Incident Date Precision
2017-04-13 Precise
Species Certainty
Nile Crocodile Certain
Size (metres) Size Precision
Unknown
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About the crocodilian

Nile Crocodile

The Nile crocodile is one of the largest crocodilian species reaching 5.5 m (18 ft) in length in rare circumstances and possibly even larger. Like the saltwater crocodile, the Nile crocodile is known to be a man-eater and is likely responsible for hundreds of human deaths every year. The current range of the Nile crocodile is present primarily within sub-Saharan Africa from Lake Nasser in Egypt south to around Durban in South Africa along the eastern coast and from Senegal and southern Mauritania south to northern Namibia along the western coast. The species was much more widespread in historical times, with populations existing within the Nile River Delta and as far north as Israel, as well as far south as East London in South Africa. The Nile crocodile can be found in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from freshwater rivers and lakes to brackish areas and coastal estuaries. Juvenile Nile crocodiles primarily feed upon invertebrates and small vertebrates, but adults are capable of taking a wide variety of prey items including larger fish, reptiles, birds and many different mammals (e.g. antelope, wildebeest, young hippos, big cats, and humans). While the Nile crocodile is considered secure throughout certain portions of its range (e.g. East Africa) the species is threatened with other areas (e.g. West Africa). Recent scientific findings suggest that the West African populations of the Nile crocodile are in fact a separate species entirely (C. suchus). 

Crocodylus niloticus
C. niloticus distribution

About this record

Last Updated Contributor Incident Link Node Item GUID FKID
2017-04-19 16:36 Brandon Sideleau 100-6404 6404