Farmer, 72, eats after 40 of his own crocodiles ‘spout’ after collapse | World | News
A former reptile farmer was devoured by 40 of his own crocodiles after it fell into his garden, Cambodian police said. Luan Nam, 72, was torn to shreds by dozens of animals after trying to move one that had laid eggs. Police in Siem Reap said Mr Nam was dragged into the reptile cage after he “attacked the stick” he was using to pull it out.
Mey Savry, the district’s police chief, said officers found the man’s body battered with bite marks and missing limbs.
According to legend, crocodiles ate his two arms and one of the farmer’s legs.
Mr Savry explained that Mr Nam was “chasing” the crocodile out of a cage of eggs when the incident happened.
When he fell into the garden, the other reptiles “exploded” and attacked the man “until he was dead”.
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Mr. Nam’s body is now with his family in the village of Po Banteay Chey, and they are expected to sell the crocodiles in his care.
Speaking to AFP, community leader May Sameth said his family members had tried for years to persuade the old man to stop farming the reptiles.
But he continued while he was the president of the local crocodile farmers association.
Crocodile farming is a long-standing commercial practice in Cambodia, where the animals have been bred for their eggs, meat and body parts since the 1940s.
A regional report issued in 2016 estimated that there was a captive population of 250,000 in approximately 900 farms in the country.
Farmers who capture the reptiles have caused a decline in their natural numbers, and Mr Nam’s death is not the first recorded in a dun.
In 2019, a two-year-old girl died after entering an enclosure at her family’s crocodile farm, also in Siem Reap.
Rom Roath Neary entered the park through a gap in the fence and was found by her father after being eaten by the reptiles.
Her father returned home to find his daughter missing and found out to the horror of what happened when he saw crocodiles fighting over her remains.
The grieving father climbed into the pit and retrieved what was left of her skull.
Police Lieutenant Och Sophien told local media that the child’s mother had discovered Rom while she was caring for her new baby.
The official said that the crocodiles killed the young girl, “leaving only her skull”.