Cambodian man killed by dozens of crocodiles in horrific accident

Siem Reap, Cambodia - About 40 crocodiles killed a Cambodian man on Friday after he fell into their enclosure on his family's reptile farm, police said.

About 40 crocodiles killed a Cambodian man on Friday after he fell into their enclosure on his family's reptile farm.
About 40 crocodiles killed a Cambodian man on Friday after he fell into their enclosure on his family's reptile farm.  © 123rf/mariusz_prusaczyk

Luan Nam was trying to move a crocodile out of a cage where it had laid eggs when it grabbed the stick he was using as a goad and pulled him in.

The main group of reptiles then killed him.

"While he was chasing a crocodile out of an egg-laying cage, the crocodile attacked the stick, causing him to fall into the enclosure," Mey Savry, police chief of Siem Reap commune, told AFP.

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"Then other crocodiles pounced, attacking him until he was dead," he said, adding that the remains of Luan Nam's body were covered with bite marks.

One of the 72-year-old man's arms was bitten off and swallowed by the crocodiles, he said.

Crocodile farm claims another victim

Luan Nam was the president of the local crocodile farmers' association but his family may now sell his stock, after urging him for years to stop raising the reptiles, commune chief May Sameth told AFP.

A two-year-old girl was killed and eaten by crocodiles in 2019 when she wandered into her family's reptile farm in the same village, the police chief said.

There are a number of crocodile farms around Siem Reap, the gateway city to the famed ruins of Angkor Wat.

The reptiles are kept for their eggs, skins and meat as well as the trade in their young.

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