Think You Had A Tough Day? Man Has Part of Testicles Bitten Off by Crocodile
AN elderly man had part of his testicles bitten off by a crocodile during a horrific attack in Zimbabwe.
Jonah Maturure, 70, fought the reptile with his bare hands after it grabbed him between its jaws as he tried to cross a river.
The dad-of-four said he felt lucky to be alive after surviving the terrifying attack in the southern district of Gutu.
Mr Maturare told how he bravely jammed his hand into the crocodile’s mouth after the beast started to maul his manhood.
He said: “I was not suspecting anything. I had earlier on crossed the river using the same crossing place.
“But when I was almost in the middle of the river I was attacked by a crocodile.
“It mauled a chunk of my buttocks before attacking my manhood, tearing my testicles into shreds.
“The skin covering my manhood was partly torn but I quickly put my thumb in its mouth to try and choke it after realising that I was going to lose my manhood.
“It then grabbed my hand and I could hear my bones cracking making some cacophony noise at the slightest bite.”
Mr Maturara said he had been carrying a box of tomatoes across the river when the crocodile attacked.
He added that he believed the fruits had saved his life as the beast was briefly distracted when he dropped the box amid the struggle.
The frightened pensioner used the reptile’s confusion to make a dash for safety and managed to haul himself onto the river bank, covered in blood.
He said: “Realising that I was losing the battle, I let go of the box of tomatoes that I was carrying on my head and it fell into the river with a thud making some kind of noise.
“At that instant the crocodile released its grip on my hand and ran towards the noise.
“It probably thought I had fallen into the river and I escaped in pain, with blood flowing down my legs from the wounds where the chunks of flesh had been incised.”
Mr Maturure was rushed to hospital following the attack, which happened late last month in Zimbabwe’s Chivake river.
He was last week recovering on a ward at the United Bulawayo Hospitals in Bulawayo.