Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Suicide-By-Crocodile


This crocodile farm is said to one of top tourist attractions in Thailand. BTW...this is the 3rd known suicide-by-crocodile at this facility. Because of the lax safety rules, I wonder how many people have been injured at this park?

BANGKOK (AFP) - A 65-year-old Thai woman has committed suicide by leaping into a pond of crocodiles at a farm popular with tourists on Bangkok's outskirts, the police told AFP on Tuesday.

The incident occurred during opening hours at the farm, which doubles as a zoo and draws visitors who can feed the deadly reptiles from a walkway. The farm is an hour outside Bangkok.

The woman jumped on Friday from a resting point on the walkway into the middle of the pond - which contains hundreds of adult crocodiles, Mr Preecha Iam-nui of the Samut Prakan police told AFP. "Her sister said the victim was suffering from stress and depression," Mr Preecha added.

Safety rules are often lax at Thai tourist attractions, which include tiger and crocodile farms. The Samut Prakan farm fences are just a few feet high to allow visitors - including children - to feed the reptiles.

Trainers also perform with the creatures, lying on top of them or thrusting their heads and arms into the reptiles' open jaws.- Straits Times

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Thai Woman Commits Suicide-by-Crocodile

Wanpen Inyai, a 65-year-old Thai woman, jumped into a crocodile pit to commit suicide, according to reports.

The Bangkok Post reported that Wanpen, who was from Bangkok, jumped into the pit in a reptile farm near the capital city.

Family members said Wanpen was depressed and in bad health.

The elderly woman reportedly took off her shoes before she jumped into the middle of a pond, which contains hundreds of adult crocodiles.

Staff attempted to use long stings to prevent the crocodiles from attacking.

The Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm & Zoo has a website, which claims the facility has about 100,000 crocodiles. It has been open since 1950 and was founded “by the famous Crocodile King, Mr. Utai Youngprapakom. Mr. Utai has been the pioneer not only to preserve the endangered flow of crocodile skins and related also to provide a continuous flow of crocodile skins and related products to the world market (sic).”

“There are more than 100,000 crocodiles together with various kinds of wild animals in this 300 acre edutainment (sic).”

The suicide-by-crocodile incident took place on Friday. Her family filed a missing person report earlier in the day. - The Epoch Times

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