Crocodiles are, as we all know, some of the most terrifying beasts in existence, a reminisce from the times when Earth was ruled by dinosaurs. They’re nasty and usually we see them in fenced enclosures or from afar, in rivers where they are the kings of the realm. But sometimes these beasts manage to hit the headlines and it’s almost never a funny story. This was the case with two crocodile attacks that happened in Thailand in the course of just a couple of days, attacks that reached rapidly international news.
In the first case, a crocodile trainer at the Phuket Crocodile World managed to escape with his life after a three meter crocodile snatched his arm and did a death roll: the killing move of crocodiles across the world. The horrifying scene where the crocodile attempted to tear the man’s limb was captured on video by a shocked onlooker.
The trainer, identified as Mr. Anusak Salangam, performs a series of taps on the head of the crocodile, before finally inserting his hand in the crocodile’s mouth. The beast then grabs it and rolls on his back, a move used by crocodiles to tear chunks of meat from their prey. Luckily, the trainer managed to follow the motion and recover his hand in one piece.
“He luckily had only minor scratches from the bite. But Mr Anusak is very experienced in handling crocodiles – and very brave – and he is back at work entertaining tourists at shows today”, his colleagues told reporters of Phuket News.
In another attack, a French tourist was bitten by a crocodile while attempting to take a selfie in Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park. According to witnesses, Muriel Benetulier closed on the reptile looking to take a selfie as close as possible to it. She managed to snap a picture, but as she rose up, she lost her balance and the crocodile grabbed her leg. She was rushed to the hospital with a severe wound, according to Thanya Netithammakul, head of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.
The head of the Wildlife Park told the press there are plenty of signs alerting tourists to the presence of crocodiles in the waters and advising them to keep on the trail, while park staff was stationed along the routes to provide assistance.
But there are a lot of people who would go to extreme risks just to take that one perfect selfie.