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Crocodile

The phrase ‘crocodile tears’ is one that has permeated many languages, the origin stemming from a traditional Indian belief . Having killed the prey, and having proceeded to eat the body, the crocodile was thought to hang over the victim’s head and shed tears before finishing the meal. It was also thought that to attract the victims the crocodile would utter a curious sound similar to a human moan. When the prey came to investigate the apparent distress signal the crocodile would leap.