A 46-year-old woman has been hospitalised after being bitten by a crocodile while trying to take a selfie with the animal.
Benetulier Lesuffleur, a French woman was visiting Kho Yai National Park in Thailand with her husband when they defied warning signs and went off the trail to try and take a selfie with the crocodile.
Lesuffleur reportedly slipped and fell next to the reptile and got bitten on the thigh by the startled animal. Luckily the bite was not life-threatening and it has been reported that she has been transferred from Prachin Buri to Bangkok, where she is currently receiving treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.
The transfer was made after her husband, Muriel Benetulier, 48, reported that the Chaopraya Abhaiphubejhr Hospital in Prachin Buri could not provide an interpreter for the couple, Wichai Pornleesangsuwan, director of the Protected Area Regional Office 1’s national parks unit, said on Monday.
The manager of the Park, Kanchit Srinoppawan said the crocodile was believed to have been released without park officials’ knowledge around 2008-09 during the tenure of Manoj Karnpanakngarn.
Mr. Kanchit said when he came to his office in 2014 the reptile already lived in a canal called Wang Jorakae (Crocodile’s Palace) about 1km further north from Haew Suwat waterfall and it never left.
An examination conducted by veterinarians of Sriracha Crocodile Farm confirmed the crocodile was not the endangered freshwater Siamese crocodile born in the wild.
Head of the National Park Department, Thanya Netithammakul, earlier warned visitors to strictly comply with the park’s rules and refrain from taking photos or selfies with wild animals as doing so would put them at risk.