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Huge 28 ft anaconda attack crocodile to the death deep in the Amazon

Incredible photos show a fight to the death between a 28-foot-long anaconda and a crocodile in the murky waters of an Amazon rainforest swamp.

Wildlife photographer Kevin Dooley, 58, was having his lunch in the tropical wetlands of Pantanal, Brazil when he turned around to find the snake locked in a bitter fight with a caiman – one of the smallest crocodile species.

Mr. Dooley watched as the anaconda constricted the six-foot-long caiman in such a way that it broke all of the reptile’s legs before the crocodile managed to bite back and sink its teeth into the snake’s neck.

However, the anaconda came off better and slithered away into the water, leaving the badly-injured caiman to its fate. Mr. Dooley said the reptile later died. Mr. Dooley, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, US said: ‘I was sitting in a boat having our lunch when this happened. I couldn’t believe it all.

‘I heard all of this splashing, and when I looked I could see the caiman was suffering. ‘The anaconda just kept strangling the caiman. It had even broken all of the caiman’s legs.’

The wildlife photographer said he was sitting around 30ft away from the animals eating his lunch when he ‘turned to the right and witnessed an amazing site.’ He added: ‘It all happened in around eight minutes.

‘I think eventually the anaconda ran out of oxygen and had to let go of the caiman. ‘And at that point, the caiman then bit into the snake. ‘But the snake managed to get away and slither out, I think eventually the caiman died.’ Mr. Dooley said this was a rare occasion in his photography career and thinks he will ‘be waiting a long time to see this happen again.’ He added: ‘I felt very blessed and very lucky and somewhat sad for the caiman. ‘I never thought in my life I would witness something like this.’

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