Zoo guests watch in horror as a crocodile feeds on a live kitten

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Zoo guests watch in horror as a crocodile feeds on a live kitten after walking into the predator’s enclosure with its mother in Kazakhstan

  • Images of the gruesome encounter have been widely shared on social media
  • It was filmed in Almaty Zoo in the Kazakh city of Almaty by shocked guests
  • Behind the crocodile, another cat – the kitten’s mother – is also watching
  • A statement from the zoo said the stray cats were likely attracted to food
  • Zoo keepers were unable to save the cat due to the risk the crocodile posed
  • WARNING: Graphics

Guests at a zoo in Kazakhstan watched in horror as a crocodile feasted on a live kitten after walking into the predator’s enclosure with its mother.

A video of the gruesome encounter showed the crocodile holding the stray cat in its jaw, while you can hear bewildered visitors look through the glass.

The incident was filmed at the Almaty Zoo in the Kazakh city of Almaty and the footage has been widely shared on social media.

Guests at a zoo in Kazakhstan watched in horror as a crocodile feasted on a live kitten after walking into the predator's enclosure with its mother.  Pictured: The crocodile holds the live kitten between its jaws while the visitors look on in horror through the glass

Guests at a zoo in Kazakhstan watched in horror as a crocodile feasted on a live kitten after walking into the predator’s enclosure with its mother. Pictured: The crocodile holds the live kitten between its jaws while the visitors look on through the glass in horror

In the video, the crocodile can be seen in its enclosure with reportedly a kitten in its jaws, hanging limply on its side.

Behind the crocodile, another cat – said to be the kittens’ mother – can be seen helplessly while the crocodile’s jaws are clenched.

The incident reportedly took place in front of families and children, prompting the zoo to confirm what had happened and explain the circumstances.

The statement obtained by Newsflash read: ‘At the zoo there are always a large number of cats from the surrounding private area. They are attracted to the food in animal enclosures.

‘We can’t stop the cats from appearing on the property, fences and barriers don’t stop them.

The incident happened because the summer crocodile enclosure had been empty since the fall and the cats were used to walking through it.

A video of the gruesome encounter showed the crocodile holding the stray cat in its jaw, while the kitten's mother watched from behind the beast (photo)

The incident was filmed at Almaty Zoo in the Kazakh city of Almaty and the images have been shared on social media

A video of the gruesome encounter showed the crocodile holding the stray cat in its jaw, while the kitten’s mother watched from behind the beast (photo). The incident was filmed at Almaty Zoo in the Kazakh city of Almaty and the images have been shared on social media

“When the influx of visitors started, the cat and her kitten escaped the crowds by hiding in the hallway in the crocodile enclosure where the caretaker didn’t see them.”

The zoo added, “It was impossible to save the kitten. Crocodiles are one of the most dangerous predators and if the keepers tried to take it away they would have been in danger too. ‘

The zoo added that they had managed to chase the adult cat away and therefore at least made sure that the older cat survived.

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