My daughter has a bedtime storybook entitled There Is Something There! The book is meant to empower children to take control of their nightmares whether in the attic or under the bed. One of the stories is called “There is an Alligator Under My Bed.” I gather the author chose this storyline in part because of its absurdity – I mean, really, when would you ever find an alligator under your bed?
Well, the author may want to change his scary animal choice after hearing the story of Guy Whittall, a former Zimbabwean cricketer, who recently slept peacefully through the night at the Humani Hotel only to find an 8-foot crocodile under his bed in the morning. Yes, eight feet of big toothy reptile and yes, under his bed!
He didn’t actually learn about his close encounter with the 300-pound croc until he was going to breakfast down the hall and heard the housekeeper’s blood-curdling scream.
Whittall said the most disconcerting thing about the whole episode “was the fact that I was sitting on the edge of the bed that morning, bare foot and just centimeters away from the croc.”
While it seems unbelievable an eight-foot crocodile would go unnoticed, Whittall says they are expert hiders. “They know how to keep quiet and go unnoticed, it’s in their nature,” he explains to UK’s Daily Mail. Crocodiles “often wander about the bush especially when it’s cold and raining,” he continued. “I think he liked it under the bed because it was warm.”
Whittall and a few of his co-workers were able to lasso the beast and haul him back into the great outdoors. Whittall brushed aside any heroism and said it is actually a straightforward affair to secure a crocodile: “Catching and securing a croc of any size on land is a fairly straightforward affair and we are experienced in that,” Whittall said. “The most important thing is to get it’s snout roped and secured, and then it is just a matter of restraining it and covering it’s eyes, to calm it down.”
It should probably be mentioned that Gary Whittall did not have this 8-ft-crocodile-under-his-bed experience in New York City or London, but rather in Zimbabwe, which serenely sits a couple kilometers away from the Turgwe River.
Nevertheless, even for East Africa, having a crocodile under the bed is “one for the books” as Whittall exclaimed during a television interview.
To see the crazy photos of the hotel-invading crocodile, click here.