A Cambodian man was killed by 40 crocodiles on Friday after falling into their enclosure on his family’s reptile farm, according to authorities.
When the crocodile grabbed the stick he was using as a goad and drew him in, the 72-year-old was trying to transfer it out of a cage where it had lay eggs.
The main group of reptiles then attacked him, tearing his body apart and splattering blood all over the concrete enclosure at the farm in Siem Reap.
“While he was chasing a crocodile out of an egg-laying cage, the crocodile attacked the stick, causing him to fall into the enclosure,” Mey Savry, police chief of Siem Reap commune, told the media.
He further added “Then other crocodiles pounced, attacking him until he was dead.” Savry also revealed that the remains of the victim’s body were covered with bite marks.
He even claimed that the crocodiles bit off one of the man’s arms and consumed it.
According to the police head, a two-year-old child was killed and eaten by crocodiles in 2019 after wandering into her family’s reptile farm in the same area.
There are several crocodile farms in and around Siem Reap, the gateway city to the world-famous Angkor Wat monuments. The reptiles are kept for their eggs, skins, meat, and the commerce in their young.