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    A visitor to a theme park was seriously injured by a crocodile that he mistook for a plastic prop

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    A Filipino man was gravely injured by a crocodile after stepping down into a pool to take a photo with it, thinking it was simply a realistic plastic model, in what can only be described as one of the strangest mishaps of the year.

    On November 10, 68-year-old Nehemias Chipada was visiting the Amaya View amusement park in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, when he noticed what he assumed was a life-size model of a crocodile. The Filipino man, who was enjoying his birthday at the amusement park with his family, climbed down to take a selfie with the cold-blooded reptile and even tapped it on the head. The possibility that the 12-meter “replica” was a genuine crocodile never occurred to him, at least not until he came dangerously close to it and the animal buried its teeth into his left arm.

    Shocking footage, which has already gone viral on social media, shows Nehemias screaming and attempting to take his arm out of the crocodile’s mouth as it pulls him deeper into the water. He was eventually able to release himself from the crocodile’s vice-like jaws before it ripped his arm off, but he suffered severe injuries that necessitated medical attention.

    A nurse on duty at the resort gave the 68-year-old first assistance before an ambulance transported him to the hospital, where he underwent multiple procedures. According to hospital reports, the man suffered fractured bones and eight cuts on his arm and thigh that required stitching, as well as having a crocodile fang embedded in his flesh.

    “There were no advisories warning us not to enter the enclosure,” Nehemias’ daughter, Mercy Joy Chipada, said. “Because if there were, we would never have gone there.”

    The amusement park agreed to cover the costs of Nehemias’ treatment, but a spokesperson denied that they had been negligent in preventing the terrible accident, claiming that the area where the crocodile attack occurred was actually off-limits.

    “We deny the allegation that we have been negligent,” Amaya View COO Candy Unabia said. “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.”

    Yesterday, the Philppine News Agency reported that Nehemias Chipada and his family had decided not to press charges against the amusement park, as the two parties have come to an understanding.

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