Zimbabwe crocodile attack bride tells of renewed hope

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At first, they look like any other young couple, saying their vows and taking their first tentative steps into a long and happy marriage.

Then your eye is drawn to the bride’s missing right arm, and the white bandages protecting what is left.

Just five days before this footage was taken, Zanele Ndlovu was fighting for her life as a crocodile pulled her beneath the surface of the Zambezi River.

Now, speaking on camera for the first time, 25-year-old Zanele has revealed to the BBC’s Shingai Nyoka the full horror of the attack, her new-found sense of optimism – as well as her determination it would not delay her wedding day.

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“We had no fears at all,” Zanele says, thinking back to the moment she and her now-husband Jamie Fox entered the two-man canoe in Zimbabwe on 30 April.

“They mentioned: ‘You will see a couple of crocodiles’, but they didn’t warn us they could attack us.”

Indeed, there is no hint of concern in the selfie the couple…



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