A security guard fends off a crocodile that tries to eat his patrol dog

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A security guard fought off a crocodile that tried to snatch his patrol dog, fending off the deadly predator by hitting it with a stick.

Private security firm Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) said one of its agents was patrolling a construction site in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal province on South Africa’s east coast, when the meeting happened on Saturday evening.

The crocodile attempted to attack the officer’s patrol dog, RUSA said, but was repelled by the officer who used a stick in his fight with the crocodile.

The company posted information about the attack on its Facebook page. Many users praised the keeper’s efforts and bravery in confronting such a dangerous animal and protecting his canine companion.

RUSA said the officer in question, who has not been named, called for help at 10:12 p.m. local time, and other members of the private security company arrived on the scene. website to help.

The crocodile, however, has not been found. RUSA said he escaped into the nearby uThongathi River which runs through Ballito.

Ballito is a small town north of Durban on the Indian Ocean coast of South Africa. Nile crocodiles are known in the region, with reptile expert Neville Wolmarans telling the North Coast Courier in 2015 that they were found in all freshwater springs north of Durban.

In an interview with The Independent last year, Wolmarans said: “They are very secretive creatures. Chances are if someone was seen somewhere there would probably be more of them there.”

The location where the attack took place is also close to Crocodile Creek Safari Park, which is home to more than 6,000 crocodiles, alligators and Nile snakes.

Nile crocodiles are found throughout Africa, including South Africa, where their range is mainly in the north and east of the country.

These large reptiles can measure up to 19 feet in length and weigh up to 1,600 pounds.

Nile crocodiles are the deadliest species of crocodilians – the order that includes alligators and crocodiles – on Earth. According to CrocBITE, the global crocodilian attack database, they are responsible for hundreds of deaths every year. Exact numbers are unknown, however, as attacks tend to take place in areas where they are less likely to be reported.

According to the IUCN Red List, there are between 50,000 and 70,000 mature Nile crocodiles. They are considered a species of least concern with a stable population. However, they are threatened by human conflicts.

In Kenya, where crocodiles attack livestock, farmers have started poisoning them with meat containing pesticides. Many crocodiles are also killed in retaliation for human deaths.

They are also hunted for their meat, while their blood, fat, brains and organs are harvested for use in traditional medicine.

A Nile crocodile seen in Sudan. It is believed that there are between 250,000 and 500,000 animals in the wild.
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