Beautiful Bride Goes Ahead With Wedding After Having Her Arm Bitten Off By Crocodile Days Earlier

Posted On : May 7, 2018

Imagine the worst thing to happen to you days before your wedding.

The cake doesn’t arrive, the groom doesn’t arrive, your mother in-law does arrive.

But what if your arm got bitten off by a crocodile? This is exactly what happened to Zanele Ndlovu.

Her and her fiancé Jamie Fox were canoeing down the Zambezi river in Zimbabwe when a crocodile launched at her and tore off her arm.


Jamie managed to save her but she was losing so much blood it was feared she would die. 

A make-shift tourniquet was applied and she was rushed to hospital where surgeons managed to save her life.

But sadly they were unable to save most of her limb.

Despite her life changing injuries she was determined not to miss her wedding day.

The beautiful bride was allowed to use the hospital chapel to get married before her wounds had even healed.

In a video of the wedding, Zanele can be seen in her white sleeveless wedding dress walking into church with her stump. She is heavily bandaged and holding pink roses in her left hand.

The Sunday News/Nsoszeile Ndlovu

As groom Jamie places the wedding ring on her left hand, her wrist is seen in heavy bandages too.

A witness said: ‘It is a quite remarkable love story and it really does show their love for each other. The crocodile attack made no difference. ‘Their feelings and love for each other are even stronger than before if anything.’

A family friend described the attack, saying: ‘The crocodile gripped her arm and ripped it off while her partner made frantic efforts to save her. They are lucky to be alive though.’

‘The boats used in that activity are inflating and the crocodile attack their vessel and in the process deflated it before attacking her.’

A total of 21 people were killed in fatal attacks by crocodiles in Zimbabwe last year, more than any other animal.