Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tourist bitten by crocodile after trying to take a selfie

Crocodile attack
Crocodile attack
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A tourist was bitten by a crocodile after she attempted to take a selfie with it, according to reports.

The 41-year-old French woman, named as Muriel Bentaulier, was exploring Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park with her husband when they came across the giant female reptile.

French national Muriel Benetulier (L) lies on a stretcher as she speaks with a Thai park ranger (R) at a local medical facility after she was bitten by a crocodile.
Photo: HO/AFP/Getty Images
French national Muriel Benetulier (L) lies on a stretcher as she speaks with a Thai park ranger (R) at a local medical facility after she was bitten by a crocodile. Photo: HO/AFP/Getty Images
Picture: HO/AFP/Getty Images

According to the Bangkok Post the couple squatted to take a picture with the animal after finding it lurking in waters but it bit her in the thigh.

Pictures from the scene show the woman being taken away from the area by rescuers.

Thanya Netithammakul, head of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department said the incident was reported by the park chief, Kanchit Srinoppawan.

The park rangers were alerted and took her to Apai Phubet Hospital.

Mr Thanya said that signboards were put up warning visitors about the crocodiles.

Tourists were told to keep to the nature trail. Park staff were also stationed along the route to offer assistance.

Benetulier was bitten by a crocodile inside the Thai national park as she tried to get close to the fearsome animal to take a selfie, an official said. Picture: AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND Khao Yai National Park / HO /
Benetulier was bitten by a crocodile inside the Thai national park as she tried to get close to the fearsome animal to take a selfie, an official said. Picture: AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND Khao Yai National Park / HO /

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