Pastor killed by crocodile during baptism

Normally the crocodiles are a tourist draw

Shortage

Normally, the animals are a tourist draw. But Lake Abaya has lately had a shortage of fish, and the crocodiles have become aggressive toward humans, who have little chance to spot them in the lake’s murky red waters.

“He baptized the first person and he passed on to another one,” a resident of nearby Arba Minch told the BBC. “All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor.”

Attack

While hardly an everyday occurrence, crocodile attacks are a known risk in Ethiopia — as in Florida or any region where they thrive.

When the Wabe Shebelle River in southeast Ethiopia flooded in 2006, Reuters reported, government boats came under attack, hindering relief and rescue efforts.

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