Crocodile bites head during stunt

After 8 years of sticking his head in crocodile mouths, makes mistake & barely lives to tell about it.

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Crocodile bites trainer (video)

24 Jul 2013 

Online Reporters 

Crocodile trainer with 8 years of experience pays respect to crocodile before putting his head in his mouth and slipping.

A trainer at a popular tourist crocodile farm in Samut Prakan was lucky to escape serious injury when one of the reptiles snapped its jaws shut while his head was inside its mouth. The incident was caught on camera and posted online.

Uthen Youngprapakorn, owner of the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo, said the incident occurred on Sunday, July 21, about 11am.

He said 27-year-old crocodile trainer Pravit Suebmee had bite wounds on his face and neck but was not seriously injured.

Mr Uthen said that Mr Pravit has more than eight years of experience in crocodile training. He told him the crocodile might have been startled after he placed his head between its jaws and then his hand slipped on the wet ground and accidentally brushed its cheek.

"This is the first time this has happened at our crocodile farm," Mr Uthen said. "I've regularly warned the performers to be careful at all times."

Sao Saengkit, another crocodile trainer, grabbed the huge reptile' s tail when it bit Mr Pravit. He also said his colleague seemed to slip and this probably startled the reptile and caused it to snap its jaws and jerk away.

Mr Sao, 37, said he was keeping an eye on the other crocodiles when his colleague was bitten.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/361309/performer-at-cocodile-farm-bitten-by-startled-reptile-during-tourist-performance

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