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#414361 - 08/20/11 09:59 PM Fed Croc Attacks Man
Biologist Cherie Offline
This early morning's croc attack has been confirmed, and Vince is off to interview the family. We have been told by a reliable source that it is a very large, resident croc in the area of the attack and that "everybody feeds it." The gentleman was evidently out for a 3:00am swim when the croc locked onto his head. The injured man was flown to Belize City for care. We wish him a full and speedy recovery. More accurate details later today when Vince returns.


Edited by Biologist Cherie (08/20/11 10:01 PM)
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#414363 - 08/20/11 10:09 PM Re: Fed Croc Attacks Man [Re: Biologist Cherie]
Bear Offline
Indeed! a speedy and complete recovery. Lucky guy to get out of the headlock to begin with. What was the approximate location? Had problems with conditioned animals in Yosemite and Glacier and Yellowstone, don't see why it's any different with crocs.

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#414366 - 08/20/11 10:57 PM Re: Fed Croc Attacks Man [Re: Biologist Cherie]
Amanda Syme Offline
This is why we fought so hard to stop the practice of feeding crocs at the WASA pond south of town. There was a time when there would be 12 or more 6 ft + crocs waiting for a meal. It was very scary for those of us that had to pass that area a few time every day. When there were no tourists there wasn't any feeding - but the crocs were still there.

We still them each day, but there are less and now that they aren't fed by humans they seem to stay in the mangrove areas more than coming to the road side.

I hope the fellow recovers, and I hope the croc gets relocated - not killed.

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#414367 - 08/20/11 11:01 PM Re: Fed Croc Attacks Man [Re: Amanda Syme]
SP Daily Offline
Fortunately a kid wasn't the victim...wouldn't be able to escape.
It's just a matter of time.....

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#414369 - 08/20/11 11:15 PM Re: Fed Croc Attacks Man [Re: Biologist Cherie]
ckocian Offline
Tourist or resident?

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#414370 - 08/20/11 11:27 PM Re: Fed Croc Attacks Man [Re: Biologist Cherie]
Decompression Offline
3am swim ??

DC

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#414371 - 08/20/11 11:32 PM Re: Fed Croc Attacks Man [Re: Biologist Cherie]
Diane Campbell Offline
Location?

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#414387 - 08/21/11 02:24 AM Re: Fed Croc Attacks Man [Re: Biologist Cherie]
Biologist Cherie Offline
Approximately 2:00 am this morning, Saturday, August 20, 2011, Mr. David Tuts of San Juan, Ambergris Caye, went for a swim in the lagoon by Zacbajo Bar and was attacked by an American crocodile. Vince Rose of ACES/American Crocodile Education Sanctuary responded to the incident. Mr. Tuts’s sister informed Vince that David is an excellent diver and just decided to go for a swim. The crocodile suddenly grabbed him by the head and pulled him under the water. Miraculously, David was able to grab ahold of the croc’s top and lower jaw and opened its mouth enough to get his head free, then swam to safety. He ran to his home one block away and was taken to Dr. Dan. Due to the severity of his injuries David was flown to the hospital in Belize City where he is reportedly in stable condition but being kept for observation in case of infection. David was extremely lucky and his fast thinking just may have saved his life. Although stable, David is still in a serious condition. Crocodiles’ mouths carry many bacteria that can cause serious infections.

ACES was also informed by a reliable source that the crocodile is a resident croc in the lagoon area between San Juan and The Boatyard, and that “everyone feeds it.”

American crocodiles are intelligent apex predators and if fed even one time by man they learn to associate humans as a source of food. For over seven years now, ACES has been trying to educate the country on “why you should not feed a wild crocodile.” The most important reason, it is illegal. So, why does just about every country have this same law? Because after years of research, scientists and professionals have ascertained that when humans feed crocodiles it changes the crocs natural behavior of fearing humans to not fearing humans. Thus, the fed crocs begin to associate humans with food and that humans can be food. You cannot reverse this process and usually a fed wild croc has to be euthanized. ACES is not the answer but a part of crocodile conservation. We will attempt to remove any problematic crocodile that we are asked to do so. We are a non-profit crocodile rescue organization. And, unfortunately after ACES was burned to the ground by arsonists last September, we no longer have the financial means to support our cause. Every minute of our time is volunteered and much of our supplies including bait, electric tape, duck tape, bug spray, ropes, boat fuel, and flashlight batteries, all come from out of our pockets. We are currently accepting all types of donations to construct a crocodile refuge here on the island and have already received a $10,000 donation from the Plunkett Family of north Ambergris Caye and have begun the construction of the facility. Once completed, problematic crocs can be caught and placed in secure habitats at the facility for the public to safely view and learn about the importance of crocodiles in keeping our ecosystems in balance. To donate go to AmericanCrocodileSanctuary.org or email acesnpo@hughes.net

Wishing David a Full and Speedy Recovery,
Cherie & Vince
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Cherie Chenot-Rose
ACES/American Crocodile Education Sanctuary
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#414407 - 08/21/11 01:15 PM Re: Fed Croc Attacks Man [Re: Biologist Cherie]
C2C
"David is an excellent diver"....this is supposed to excuse stupidity?

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#414424 - 08/21/11 03:39 PM Re: Fed Croc Attacks Man [Re: Biologist Cherie]
elbert Offline
2am swim in the back lagoon from a bar.....:-)
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