Stories like this are just great, as Kirsty McMurray reports from stuff.co.nz:
A boy who nearly had his toes bitten off by an eel got the last laugh yesterday when he ate the creature for lunch.
Theo Chadfield, 8, was meant to be helping his granddad Allan Davies fence the riparian planting on their Mangorei Rd, New Plymouth, farm on Saturday.
Instead, when he got hot, he stripped down to his undies and went for a swim in the Te Henui Stream.
“I asked Granddad if there were eels in the stream and he said no.”
Davies said he had gone to check on Theo, who was only shin deep in the water, when he saw him try and fail to take a step backward.
“He couldn’t move.” When Davies pulled Theo from the water they discovered a large eel dangling from his foot.
Theo said the eel had clamped on tight but let go when he was lifted out.
“It was still clinging on but then it plopped onto the ground and Granddad kicked it back into the water.” Read more »