Tourist savaged by crocodile after mistaking it for plastic model at theme park

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A tourist has slammed a theme park for reportedly not displaying warning signs after he was savagely attacked by a crocodile when he mistook it for a plastic model on his birthday.

Nehemias Chipada, 68, was pounced on by the 12ft long predator after he climbed into its pool to take a selfie with it at Amaya View amusement park in the Philippines.

Under the belief that the croc was a life-like model, Nehemias posed for a series of photos but was left needing several surgeries after the beast launched at his left arm.

His family watched in horror as the deadly reptile dragged him into the water.

Fortunately, the dad, who could be heard screaming for help, managed to cheat death and was able to run away from the predator.

Nehemias's family have called out the theme park for reportedly not warning visitors that there was a crocodile at the resort.

His 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."

The tourist was rushed to Northern Mindanao Medical Centre for treatment after staff at the park wrapped handkerchiefs around his arms and hands to stop the bleeding.

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It has been reported that he sustained fractured bones following the accident and needed eight wounds stitching on his left arm and thigh.

A three-inch fang had also been wedged in his flesh from the severe force of the crocodile bite, reports Daily Mail.

Witness Rogelio Pamisa Antiga said: "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."

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The amusement park has agreed to deal with the costs of his treatment after he was left needing several surgeries to help fix his broken bones.

However, Amaya View denied that they failed to display warning signs around the park.

Operating Officer of the park, 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."

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