The performance of crocodiles at the Phokkathara Zoo in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand, which was supposed to offer stunning attractions led to tragedy. The handler’s hand was badly injured by a crocodile.
From the video recorded, the audience showed the handler playing an attraction to insert his hand into the mouth of the crocodile that was wide open. When the man put his hand deep into the crocodile’s mouth, the handler could look at the audience and ask the host to stop the music.
Unexpectedly, the large reptile then closed its mouth and bit the man’s hand. The crocodile continued to bite the man’s hand until his muzzle almost touched the man’s forehead.
The crocodile bit the man’s hand over and over and shook his head to the left and right. The man looked in pain and had difficulty releasing his hand from the crocodile that bit him.
The video recorder, Khun Phusawit (35) came with his wife Nok and their two children. They deliberately spend time at the zoo to see attractions.
“The show was very interesting until the tragedy happened. I hope the man is fine,” said Phusawit.
“Everyone was shocked when the incident happened. Children looked scared. I saw the videotape repeatedly and saw how the crocodile did not like the handler’s hand coming into his mouth,” he explained.
The owner of the zoo, Dong Wittawat, said the handler bitten by the crocodile had been treated and the wound had been bandaged.
“The handler is fine. His name is Tao, he is 45 years old. The crocodile has no name,” said Dong Wittawat.
“He has been treated in captivity and bandaged. He likes crocodiles and will work again in two weeks. These events are very rare,” he explained.
Phokkathara Crocodile Breeding is known to offer direct attractions and is home to various types of animals.