A tourist was attacked by a crocodile after mistaking him for a plastic model and stepping into his swimming pool to pose for selfies.
Nehemias Chipada, 68, spotted the reptile while visiting a theme park to celebrate his birthday with his family in Misamis Oriental province in the Philippines on November 10.
He believed the crocodile to be a lifelike model and was posing for photos – holding his phone in his right hand while his left hand hung around his waist.
However, the light moment with his family watching took a wild turn when the 12-foot-long crocodile rushed onto his arm and dragged him through the water at Amaya View amusement park in Cagayan de Oro. City.
Dramatic footage shows Nehemiah crying for help as the huge reptile sinks its teeth into his left arm.
He managed to escape and run with his limbs still intact before being treated and taken to hospital.
After the attack, Nehemias – who survived – and his family criticized the amusement park for not putting up signs warning them to stay away from the deadly reptile.
âThere was no notice warning us not to enter the compound. Because if there had been, we would never have been there,â said Nehemiah’s daughter, Mercy Joy Chipada.
Staff at the resort tightly wrapped handkerchiefs around Nehemiah’s arms and hands to stem the bleeding, after which he was sent to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center for treatment.
Examinations revealed he had suffered fractures and eight injuries that required stitches on his left arm and thigh.
A three-inch crocodile tooth had also lodged in his flesh from the force of the bite.
Several surgeries were needed to repair his broken bones.
âI was looking at the beautiful scenery around the park when the incident happened,â said viewer Rogelio Pamisa Antiga who filmed the video.
âI heard people screaming for help and saw the crocodile manhandling the old man. I thought he was going to bite his arm.
“I wanted to help him, but I was scared and didn’t know how to deal with a crocodile attack.”
The amusement park agreed to bear the costs of Nehemiah’s treatment, but denied being negligent in warning tourists about the dangerous animal.
“We deny the allegation that we were negligent,” said Candy Unabia, COO of Amaya View.
“They said they thought the crocodile was man-made as well, but that area is actually restricted. There are constant signs and reminders from our tour guides.”
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