This is the shocking moment a family discover a crocodile lurking in their children’s playroom after their home got destroyed by flash floods.
Footage shared on social media captures the predator moving slowly in shallow waters inside a flood-hit house in the city of Villahermosa in the southern Mexican state of Tabasco.
Terrified residents are staying safe on the second floor and observe the beast from above as they protect themselves from the rain.
One man is seen trying to move the large crocodile away using a long wooden rod but was unsuccessful.
The family had to call Civil Protection to send animal catchers to capture the reptile.
Mexican authorities said that over 50,000 people have been affected by storms in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Veracruz.
Several crocodiles were also reported in affected houses and flooded streets.
Civil Protection spokeswoman Laura Velazquez said they have not recorded this much rainfall in the state of Tabasco since 1980.
She added that over 8,000 homes have been damaged in the storms.
The heavy rainfall has also flooded one local hospital in the Villahermosa area.
Hospital staff had to clean up the water with buckets, trash cans, hoses and pumps as it flooded the emergency room, vaccination station, labs, clinics, and areas where coronavirus patients are treated, according to Mexico News Daily.
A spokesperson for the hospital said on social media: “The Pemex Regional Hospital in Villahermosa was cut off from the outside when all the accesses were flooded due to the heavy rain that hit this afternoon and night, and which wreaked havoc on patients and relatives in the Covid-19 care areas, hospital and operating rooms.”