Crocodile may be one of the deadliest hunters in the animal kingdom. However in a small village in Burkina Faso, it is not unusual to see someone sitting a top one of the fearsome reptiles. In Bazoule village situated 30km away from the Capital of Burkina Faso, crocodile are considered to be friendly, they view them as sacred creatures to an extent that children play with them.
Villagers in west Africa have been photographed in a series of stunning images that show a startlingly close relationship between crocodiles and humans. In this image, a large crocodile is seen leaping clear of the ground in an attempt to snatch a chicken offered to it by a resident, in a pose which brings to mind a cat jumping for a toy. The residents of Bazoule, a community outside Burkina Faso's capital Ouagodougou, began to hold the reptiles sacred around 600 years ago and offer them chickens as a sacrifice.