By Rebecca Lewis @RebeccaSLewis

CROC got your trunk! An elephant was caught in a snappy situation when a crocodile bit down on his TRUNK

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The elephant tries to slam the croc onto the ground

The large mammal ambled down to the watering hole for a quick drink – but was not expecting a bite.

Ashley Lewis, a 31-year-old fitness marketer, from Michigan U.S. snapped the incredible photo in the Sabi Sands game reserve in South Africa.

The bull elephant had been bathing in the water with its herd when the four-metre crocodile latched onto the animal’s trunk with its sharp jaws.

But it appeared the reptile had bitten off more than it could chew as the elephant reared up on its hind legs and loudly trumpeted.

 

I wanted a drink, not a bite!

The two animals tussled as the titanic beast tried to get free – and eventually struck the hungry croc with it's knee and stabbed with his tusks before escaping.

Stunned Ashley said: “We had been sitting in our truck on the river bank.

“Suddenly, about 300 yards upstream we heard loud and frantic trumpeting from an older bull elephant.

“It was initially hard to make out why, but when he arched his trunk and reared up on his hind legs, it quickly became clear that a crocodile had latched on to his trunk.

 

The crocodile refuses to let go as the ellie struggles to escape

“The elephant reared up and down, taking the croc with him as if he was waving around a toy.

“Eventually, when the croc wouldn't loosen his grip, the elephant slammed him on the ground and put his knee, and the full weight of his body, on to the croc and then jabbed it with his tusks. This finally got the croc to relent and the elephant ran up the hill of the bank faster than I thought possible for an animal that big.

“It was initially hard to make out why, but when he arched his trunk and reared up on his hind legs, it quickly became clear that a crocodile had latched on to his trunk.

“The elephant reared up and down, taking the croc with him as if he was waving around a toy.

The elephant finally frees himself and runs to safety

“Eventually, when the croc wouldn't loosen his grip, the elephant slammed him on the ground and put his knee, and the full weight of his body, on to the croc and then jabbed it with his tusks. This finally got the croc to relent and the elephant ran up the hill of the bank faster than I thought possible for an animal that big.

“I was in awe. It was hard to say anything other than this is insane.

“I've never seen anything like it, and it appeared that neither had our guide, tracker or any of the staff and Lion Sands - it was pretty unique.

“I remember our guide yelling, “cameras! cameras!” as if this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, he was not wrong.”

Although the elephant sustained injuries to his trunk, rangers expect him to make a full recovery.

They think the crocodile took more than a bruising to his ego in the fierce fight.