The fishermen ran to save two cows stuck in the mud a few meters from twenty large crocodiles feasting on a dead carcass.
Grant Meleisea and Trevor Tierney spotted the animals while fishing for barramundi in the Ord River in East Kimberley, Western Australia on Friday.
They pulled a cow out of the mud while a swarm of crocodiles nibbled at another just a few feet away.
Decapitated dead cow nibbled by large crocodiles at the Ord River in East Kimberley, Western Australia
“At the end of the afternoon, we started to return to the camp after fishing all day where we saw two cows stuck in the mud by the river,” said Mr. Meleisea of the fishing chain in Stranger Tides line to Daily Mail Australia.
“They were half submerged in the water and were trying to get out, but they were sinking deeper into the mud and getting exhausted.
“We saw several crocodiles around and knew the cows were helpless and an easy lunch. “
The couple anchored their boat on the shore and ran towards the cows armed with tree branches in case fangs attacked them.
Fishermen braved crocodiles to save another heifer that got stuck
One of the cows pulled out of the mud while another got stuck, so the men tied a rope around her neck and pulled her.
“The cow was exhausted and was breathing heavily and shaking,” Mr. Meleisea said.
“When the cow finally got to dry land, she collapsed from exhaustion.
Once the cow was safe, the fishermen headed down the river and saw about 20 crocodiles – at least four meters long – around a decapitated dead cow.
“The cow’s head was missing and blood was flowing in the water,” he said, adding that he then flew a drone over the river to capture footage of the largest crocodile in the group. eating the cow.
The fisherman said he was trying to be ‘crocodile wise’ but ‘couldn’t leave the cows for dead’.
The emaciated young cow struggled to escape the mud after getting stuck, likely when she went to fetch water
The fishermen said they armed themselves with sticks in case the crocodiles came ashore while they were saving the cow.