A tourist has been rushed to hospital after being attacked by a crocodile while trying to take a selfie with the giant reptile. French tourist Benetulier Lesuffleur tripped over next to the beast while trying to get a photo with it.
The 46 year old had been visiting Kho Yai National Park in central Thailand along with her husband when she spotted the reptile. The couple took no notice of warning signs, instead deciding to leave the trail to try to get a good photo.
According to the national park’s boss Kanchit Srinoppawan, the couple put themselves in danger, all in the name of a selfie. Photographs show the woman being dragged from the water’s edge, and a bandage being put on her leg.
Officials say that she squatted down close to the crocodile to have her photo taken. But, as she was getting up again, she fell to one side and the crocodile snapped at her left leg.
She is now being treated in Apai Phubet Hospital for her injuries. They are not described as life threatening and she is expected to make a full recovery. The pair had been visiting the popular national park, which is a haven for wildlife, covering a vast area of forest and grassland in central Thailand.
There are signs dotted around the park, which warn “Beware of crocodile” and “No swimming”.
This latest incident follows a crocodile attack in Zimbabwe in November, in which a couple swimming in a hotel swimming pool were attacked. The man and woman had been having a late night swim when the reptile crawled into the water, heading in their direction. While the man leaps to safety, the woman does not escape so easily and is forced to try to fend it off before she eventually gets out of the pool, leaving the crocodile in there.