Never be too comfortable around wild animals, love them from afar and keep your distance because even as the owner or trainer you could one day become prey.
A crocodile named ‘Hannibal’ attacked a handler at Crocodile Creek farm in a horrifying incident. The 16-foot crocodile attacked the zookeeper identified as Sean Le Clus, when he was sitting on the back of a crocodile in front of a group of tourists in South Africa.
The zookeeper was severely hurt when the 16-foot reptile mauled him.
According to a Facebook post by Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation, the wildlife park employee survived the 660 kg beast attack. The horrifying incident happened on September 10 at the Crocodile Creek farm in the KwaZulu Natal region.
Sean Le Clus, a zookeeper, was doing a live show among two crocodiles in a pit. Hannibal the crocodile, which he was perched atop.
The reptile attacked Clus on his thigh when he got down after caring for Hannibal for the past 30 years.
The zookeeper is heard in the video saying, “This is the only crocodile in South Africa that I can sit on his back talking.” Sean fell, but Hannibal sank its teeth into him and hurt him.
The caption of the photo reads, “in a horrifying incident, a 16-foot crocodile attacked a wildlife park employee in South Africa who survived.”
The video elicited a wide range of responses from online users, who posted them in the comments section.
“I have no sympathy at all. When are these people going to learn that these are wild animals,” someone wrote.
Yet another user said, “He’s not respecting the power of that animal. I would bite him too if he were sitting on my back.”