A mother jammed her fingers into a crocodile’s nostrils to save her three-year-old son from its jaws.
Maurina Musisinyana’s two sons were playing in the shade of Runde River’s banks near Gonarezhou National Park in south-east Zimbabwe.
She saw he was being dragged to the water’s edge with the umbrella also in the water after she dropped her fishing gear.
Ms Musisinyana had learned from her elders to press the crocodiles nose hard because suffocating a crocodile from its nose makes it lose its strength.
She used her other arm to free her son’s head from its mouth.
The crocodile bit Ms Musisinyana, from Chihosi Village, Chiredzi, on the hand after releasing the boy from its grip and swinging away towards the safety of the water.
Gideon suffered injuries to his face which were making it hard for him to breathe. He and his mother were rushed to hospital.
Ms Musisinyana told ZBC News: ‘Even to this day, I still do not believe that I rescued my son.’
Dr Misheck Chibwe said that Gideon is responding well to medication.
The Runde River is populated by Nile crocodiles which are known to be vicious man-eaters, according to National Geographic.
It mainly eats fish but ‘will attack almost anything unfortunate enough to cross its path’, including zebras, small hippos and other crocodiles.
It is estimated that up to 200 people die each year in its jaws.