The man fell into the enclosure after a crocodile grabbed the stick he was using to move the reptile and pulled him in.
A 72-year-old Cambodian man was killed by approximately 40 crocodiles on Friday after he fell into their enclosure on his family’s reptile farm, said a report by news company Agence France-Presse. The incident took place in Siem Reap while the man was trying to move a crocodile out of a cage where it had laid eggs. The reptile grabbed the stick he was using and pulled him in.
The other crocodiles in the enclosure then tore the man’s body to pieces.
Mey Savry, police chief of Siem Reap commune, told AFP, “While he was chasing a crocodile out of an egg-laying cage, the crocodile attacked the stick, causing him to fall into the enclosure. Then other crocodiles pounced, attacking him until he was dead.”
The police chief said another incident took place in the same village in 2019 when a two-year-old girl was killed and eaten by crocodiles when she wandered into her family’s reptile farm.
Siem Reap is home to several crocodile farms which keep the reptiles for their eggs, skins, meat, and also to trade their young.