Maria Novelo reporting...
ďA crocodile attack in the San Juan Area of San Pedro Town has left one man recovering from injuries sustained in the incident. According to a release from the American Crocodile education Sanctuary (ACES), around two on Saturday morning a resident of San Juan, thirty year old David Tut, who we were told was a proficient swimmer found himself in an area of the lagoon near Zacbajo where an alleged twelve foot crocodile resided. While in the water, the American crocodile sprung out and grabbed Tut by the head and pulled him under water. Fortunately, Tut managed to grab a hold of the Crocs top and lower jaw and pried open his mouth to get his head free. Tut suffered approximately four bite marks to the neck and one to the head. Tut was taken to the clinic of doctor Daniel Gonzalez for medical care, but due to the severity of his injuries was later flown to the Karl Heusner memorial hospital. As in such cases, ACES were called in and according to Owner and Research Biologist Vince Rose, once a crocodile is accustomed to being fed by humans, they learn to associate humans as a source of food. According to Tutís wife, he has been released from the KHMH and is recovering at home. Investigations will continue into the nature of this incident and ACES will continue with its efforts to remove any problematic crocodiles from residential areas of San Pedro Town. Meanwhile, ACES is fundraising to construct a new facility for the security of these crocodiles in a location north of Ambergris Caye.Ē

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