This is the horrific moment villagers cut open a crocodile and found the remains of an eight-year-old boy.


The shocking scene was captured by an eyewitness with a smartphone in the village of Mushumbi Pools in northern Zimbabwe's Mashonaland Central Province.


Villagers shot dead the crocodile suspecting it had killed and eaten the young boy.


And when they cut open the huge beast's stomach, their worst fears were confirmed.


The remains of the boy, whose name has not been revealed, were removed from the crocodile and buried two days later in a village funeral.


The grisly images show men slitting open the crocodile, pulling human body parts from its belly and placing them on a grey blanket next to the dead animal.


Villagers and a local policeman can be seen silently watching the grim operation in the background.


Local reporter Simbarashe Sithole said: "The crocodile was shot and was then cut open. The boy's remains were found in the beast's stomach."


Zimbabwe has recently been hit by heavy rain, raising river and dam levels, which can bring crocodiles to areas where they are not normally seen.


A crocodile was recently shot dead in Beatrice, a farming community in the province of Mashonaland East, with what were believed to be the remains of a fisherman in its stomach.