BANGKOK – Some crocodiles can bite with a force of 3,700 pounds per square inch. So it’s remarkable that a trainer in Thailand managed to escape with just minor injuries after a crocodile clamped down on his head Sunday.
In graphic video of the incident, Pravit Suebmee, 27, can be seen rubbing the croc’s snout with sticks as a partner holds the reptile’s tail. Suebmee then says a prayer and begins to insert his head into its mouth. Moments later, the croc bites down and begins to shake with Suebmee caught in its jaws. He breaks free about a half-second later.
Suebmee suffered bite wounds but was not seriously hurt, the Bangkok Post reported. Uthen Youngprapakorn, owner of the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo, told the Post the accident was a first at the facility. He said the crocodile might have been spooked when the trainer slipped on the wet surface and touched the croc’s cheek.
Earlier this month, a Florida teen had an unrehearsed encounter with a powerful reptile and also lived to tell the tale. Andrew Hudson was swimming in a Geneva, Fla., state park when a 10-foot alligator chomped down and dragged him under, ABC News reported. Hudson managed to escape, needing 15 staples on his scalp and 20 stitches on his back and face.