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Crocodile bites Phuket trainer during show

PHUKET: A trainer at a crocodile farm in Chalong was lucky to escape serious injury today when one of the reptiles snapped its jaws shut while the man’s head was inside the crocodile’s mouth.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 23 February 2018, 05:21PM

Jampa Kaewsai, 43, suffered bite wounds to his left ear and right side of his face. Photo: Ruanjai Kupai Foundation

Jampa Kaewsai, 43, suffered bite wounds to his left ear and right side of his face. Photo: Ruanjai Kupai Foundation

Ruamjai Kupai rescue workers were notified of the incident in Moo 5 in Chalong at 12:55pm today (Feb 23).

Jampa Kaewsai, 43, a crocodile trainer at a crocodile farm on Chao Fa West Rd suffered bite wounds to his left ear and right side of his face.  Mr Jampa was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.

Sayan Thammaphan, head of the Ruamjai Kupai rescue workers, told The Phuket News,Witnesses said that Mr Jampa was putting on a show with the crocodile.


"When the show was nearly finished Mr Jampa was going to move his head out of the crocodile’s mouth when suddenly the crocodile shut its mouth. Luckily he escaped and had minor injures.”

In December 2016, a crocodile handler at a show in Phuket was lucky to have kept his right hand after the crocodile he was teasing to entertain tourists snapped his jaw shut and quickly spun into a “death roll”. (See story here.)



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DeKaaskopp | 24 February 2018 - 11:19:21

"What is that Thai nonsense..."?Same should be said about all kinds of stupid animal-shows around the world like whale,dolphin or circus shows! As always someone reduces this to Thailand only in his quest to decry everything regarding Thailand or Phuket.

Kurt | 23 February 2018 - 19:05:51

What is that thai nonsense to see animals as 'things' to make money with in shows?
The idea that one can 'train' a crocodile!
Very dumb thinking.
What idiotism is there in thinking to put your head in a crocodile mouth.
Such person disserves it to get his head bitten off. 
No respect for animals at all. Complete off the world.
Hope crocodile is less considerate next time.

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