Zoo Visitor Loses Arm In Croc Attack


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A zoo visitor has lost his right arm when a giant crocodile bit it off as he washed his hands in a murky pond.

The victim, named as Ilham, 49, had just changed a flat tyre on his car and wanted to clean up.

But as he hopped over a fence and dipped his hand in the water, a huge croc burst through the water clamping its powerful jaws onto his right arm.

One eyewitness said Ilham’s arm was severed above the elbow as he struggled desperately to free himself and pull away.

He was only saved from a worse fate at Sinka Zoo in Singkawang because his arm snapped off.

Crocodiles would normally pull their prey beneath the surface and ‘death roll’ them until they drown.

The witness added that there was nothing to indicate that the pond was home to a crocodile before Ilham decided to wash his hands there.

According to local reports, Ilham had been hired as a driver to ferry a family around the zoo on 8th June.

After the attack, Ilham was rushed to hospital for emergency care.

Images show him smiling bravely with most of his right arm missing.

Police confirm they have launched an investigation into the incident.


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Story By: Lee BullenSub-EditorJoe Golder,  Agency: Central European News

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