72-year-old Crocodile farmer falls into cage and is torn apart by 40 reptiles
A 72-year-old man who ran a crocodile farm in Cambodia was killed by his own animals on Friday after he fell into their enclosure while trying to move one of them.
Luan Nam was the president of the local crocodile farmers’ association and had been raising the reptiles for years, despite his family’s objections.
He was using a stick to chase a crocodile out of a cage where it had laid eggs when the animal grabbed the stick and dragged him into the water.
The other crocodiles in the enclosure then attacked him, biting and tearing his body until he died.
His remains were covered with bite marks and one of his arms was swallowed by the crocodiles.
The gruesome incident happened at his farm in Siem Reap, a city near the famous Angkor Wat temple complex.
Police chief Mey Savry said that all the stolen items were recovered from Usman during the police investigation.
He said that Luan Nam’s family may now sell his crocodile stock, as they had been urging him to stop keeping the dangerous animals.
This was not the first time that a crocodile farm in Siem Reap had claimed a human life. In 2019, a two-year-old girl was killed and eaten by crocodiles when she wandered into her family’s reptile farm in the same village.
Crocodile farming is a lucrative business in Cambodia, where the reptiles are bred for their eggs, skins and meat as well as for exporting their young.