An idiotic tourist was attacked by a crocodile after mistaking it for a plastic model and climbing into its pool to pose for selfies.
Nehemias Chipada, 68, spotted the beast while he was visiting an amusement park to celebrate his birthday his family in Misamis Oriental province, the Philippines, on November 10.
He believed the killer creature was a life-like model and posed for pictures – holding his phone in one hand and with the other hand dangling by his waist.
However, the light-hearted moment with his family watching took a savage turn when the 12ft long croc lunged at his arm and dragged him into the water at Amaya View amusement park in Cagayan de Oro City.
Dramatic footage shows Nehemias screaming for help as the massive reptile sank its teeth into his left arm. He somehow managed to break away and run from the beast with his limbs still intact before he was treated and taken to hospital.
Bizarrely, 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. 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.’