Tourist is savaged by a 12ft crocodile after mistaking the predator for a plastic model and climbing into its pool for selfies in amusement park in the Philippines
- Nehemias Chipada, 68, had his arm bitten by a crocodile in the Philippines
- He had been visiting the Amaya View amusement park to celebrate his birthday
- Mistaking the croc for a life-size model, he climbed into the enclosure for a selfie
- After being bitten he managed to get away and was later treated in hospital
A tourist in the Philippines was attacked by a crocodile after mistaking it for a plastic model and climbing into its pool to pose for selfies.
Nehemias Chipada spotted what he thought was just a life-like model of one of the predators while visiting Amaya View amusement park on his birthday in Cagayan de Oro City.
The 68-year-old then posed for pictures, holding his phone in one hand with his other hand dangling by his waist.
But with his family watching, the picture session took a savage turn when the 12ft-long croc lunged at his arm and dragged him into the water.
Nehemias Chipada, 68, was bitten by the crocodile while he was visiting an amusement park to celebrate his birthday with his family in Misamis Oriental province on November 10
He managed to get away from the animal and out of the enclosure again, where staff at the amusement park then treated him for his wounds
Dramatic footage shows Nehemias screaming for help as the massive reptile sank its teeth into his left arm.
He managed to break away and run from the beast with his limbs still intact before he was treated and taken to hospital.
Following the incident, Nehemias – who survived the crocodile attack – and his family blamed the amusement park for not putting up signs warning them to stay away from the deadly reptile.
Nehemias’s daughter, Mercy Joy Chipada, said: ‘There were no advisories warning us not to enter the enclosure. Because if there were, we would never have gone there.’
Resort staff tightly wound handkerchiefs around Nehemias’s arms and hands to staunch the bleeding, after which he was sent to the Northern Mindanao Medical Centre for treatment.
Examinations found he had sustained fractured bones and eight wounds that needed stitching on his left arm and thigh.
After being bitten, Nehemias managed to get loose and leave the animal’s enclosure to seek treatment
Resort staff tightly wound handkerchiefs around Nehemias’s arms and hands to staunch the bleeding, after which he was sent to the Northern Mindanao Medical Centre for treatment
A three-inch crocodile fang had also been lodged in his flesh from the force of the bite. Multiple surgeries were needed to fix his broken bones.
Onlooker Rogelio Pamisa Antiga who filmed the video said: ‘I was looking at the lovely scenery around the park when the incident happened. I heard people screaming for help and saw the crocodile manhandling the old man. I thought it would bite off his arm.
‘I wanted to help him, but I was scared and had no knowledge of how to deal with a crocodile attack.’
The amusement park agreed to shoulder the costs of Nehemias’s treatment, but denied that they were negligent in warning tourists about the dangerous animals.
Amaya View Chief Operating Officer Candy Unabia said: ‘We deny the allegation that we have been negligent.
‘They said they thought the crocodile was also artificial, but that area is actually restricted. There are signages and constant reminders from our tour guides.’