In what can be described as one of the weirdest accidents of the year, a Filipino man was seriously hurt by a crocodile after climbing down into a pool to take a selfie with it, thinking it was just a realistic plastic model.
Nehemias Chipada was visiting the Amaya View amusement park in Cagayan de Oro City, the Philippines. He spotted what he thought was a life-like model of a crocodile. It looked eerily realistic, so the Filipino man, climbed down to take a selfie with the cold-blooded reptile. He even reportedly tapped it on the head. The thought that the 12-meter “model” could actually be a real crocodile never crossed his mind, at least until he got dangerously close to it and the reptile sank its teeth into his left arm…
He was eventually able to break free from the crocodile’s vice-like jaws before it could rip his arm off, but he did sustain terrible injuries that required medical attention.
A nurse on duty at the resort administered first aid to the 68-year-old before an ambulance rushed him to the hospital where he underwent multiple surgeries. According to sources at the hospital, the man sustained fractured bones and eight wounds on his arm and thigh that required stitching and had a crocodile fang lodged in his flesh.