Imagine coming face-to-face with an 18-foot crocodile with your daughter’s leg in its mouth—definitely not what you want to see. But this Indonesian mother did what any parent would do upon coming across such a sight: She jumped in the water to save her child.
In 2008, a large crocodile had killed three people from Mukut village in southern Sumatra, Indonesia. Villagers were already wary of going near the Batang Hari River for fear it could attack again.
Trisna, who was 25 years old at the time, was bathing by the river when a crocodile grabbed her. Trisna’s mother Rohima, 50, was nearby when she heard her daughter’s screams and ran to help.
When Rohima reached the river, she saw the crocodile dragging Trisna deeper into the water. She immediately ran into the river to stop it before it took Trisna any deeper.
“I’m actually afraid of crocodiles, even with snakes I’m afraid,” Rohima told Indonesian newspaper Indo Pos.
“I jumped into the river … because my daughter was caught, my fear disappeared.”
With her bare feet, she kicked the crocodile on the side of its head, but it still didn’t let go, the Daily Mail reported. Rohima then grabbed its jaw and managed to pry it open enough for Trisna to get free.
Trisna had deep cuts in her leg that required 50 stitches.
The incident was terrifying to say the least, because the crocodile was not at all small.
“The crocodile was very big, the color was blackish, the length about seven metres,” Rohima said.
Opening the jaws of a crocodile with one’s bare hands is an amazing feat. Was it adrenaline that gave her extra strength? Rohima attributes the act to something else.
“A soon as I saw my daughter was caught I thought her life would not be saved, but then God saved my daughter,” she said.