A female tourist enjoying her holidays near a crocodile pond in Ghana was viciously attacked by a giant reptile while she sat beside it to pose for photos.

The incident took place in the Ave-Dakpa crocodile pond in the Volta region when a local tourist group visited the crocodile resort. The attack was caught on camera and the video of it went viral on social media.

In the video, a crocodile is seen coming out of the pond and walking towards the land before finally resting down as it poses for photographs. Several tourists are seen getting dangerously close to the giant reptile and posing for photographs to capture the memorable moment.

The crocodile stays calm while some tourists caress it on its back until a woman comes close to the giant and touches it from the side. The reptile turns its head and instantly pounces on the woman’s hand. The tourists are then seen frantically running away from the giant.

"We were alarmed when we saw the video and wondered when it happened," the District Chief Executive for the area, Dr. Prince Amuzu, told Graphic Online, earlier this week.

"But after our investigations, we discovered that the incident happened before the [Christmas and New Year] festive period and the victim luckily did not sustain any serious injury," Amuzu added.

Akatsi North District Assembly said the woman suffered minor injuries and was currently doing well.

"The Tour guide was unable to properly direct the female tourist as to how she can position herself before touching the crocodile in that moment of excitement," the assembly said in a statement to Pulse.com.

The assembly added that it was investigating the incident.

"The Akatsi North District Assembly shall institute a full-scale investigation into the operations of the facility and instruct measures in consultation with appropriate stakeholders like the Ghana Tourism Authority and Wildlife Division to bring the issue to finality and prevent recurrence in the future," the statement said.

The assembly further assured the general public that the Ave Dakpa Crocodile Resort is safe and the crocodiles there are trained and friendly.

A Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) comes out the of the water
A Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) comes out the of the water AFP / ASHRAF SHAZLY