Woman who tried to take selfie with a crocodile rushed to hospital with 'gaping wound'

She is expected to recover

Jon Sharman
Monday 02 January 2017 14:18
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Muriel Benetulier is transported on a stretcher by Thai Park Rangers after she was bitten by after she was bitten by a crocodile
Muriel Benetulier is transported on a stretcher by Thai Park Rangers after she was bitten by after she was bitten by a crocodile

A French tourist has been left with a "gaping wound" to her leg after trying to take a selfie with a crocodile.

Benetulier Lesuffleur's trip to the Kho Yai national park in Thailand was cut painfully short when she tripped while trying to take the picture and was attacked.

The 47-year-old ignored warning signs along the trail after seeing the crocodile.

A park official said: "She wanted to take selfie with the crocodile who was lying down near a stream. It was startled and bit her on her on the leg.

"I guess that she wanted to see it for real."

According to Thai site Matichon, Ms Lesuffleur suffered a gaping wound to her left thigh. She was taken to hospital on a stretcher but is expected to recover.

The Siamese crocodile, a medium-sized species, is critically endangered. It is under threat from human disturbances and habitat destruction.

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