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Croc farm horror attack

Buaya
Known as “Bujang Lapuk”, the crocodile is about 60 years old

22nd February, 2017

By JAMES LEONG

SANDAKAN: A wildlife farm worker was fighting for his life last night after being savaged by giant crocodile.

The 35-year-old trainee had his right leg torn off and his right arm mangled when the 1,760lb (800 kg) beast turned on him at feeding time.

The 18ft croc grabbed the man in its jaws and only let go when co-workers at the crocodile farm rushed to his aid, district police chief, ACP Mohd Azhar Hamin said yesterday

Bleeding profusely, he was rushed to the Duchess of Kent Hospital and admitted to the intensive care unit. The attack happened at around 1.45pm on Monday at the Sandakan Crocodile Farm off Mile 8 Jalan Labuk.

The 35-year-old local man had entered the crocodile show pond with chicken carcasses to feed the reptiles.

“After feeding the crocodile he attempted to rub its snout, but that provoked the reptile which attacked him,” Mohd Azhar said.

“The crocodile only released the worker from its jaws after other workers rushed to chase it away.” A distress call was made at 2.02pm, and the Duchess of Kent Hospital despatched an ambulance to the crocodile farm.

Azhar said the attack victim was admitted to the intensive care unit where his condition was reported to be critical.

“The victim is employed as a bird show trainee and his six months contract is due up next month. We are investigating the incident,” he added.

   
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