Crocodiles kill man in Mexico

August 13th, 2008 - 4:49 am ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, Aug 13 (IANS) A drunken man has been brutally killed by as many as eight crocodiles when he tried to touch one of the reptiles at a wildlife sanctuary in northeastern Mexico, Spain’s EFE news agency reported. The victim was apparently drunk when he jumped over a railing with the intention of touching a crocodile in Lake Carpintero, but he was surprised by another crocodile, who grabbed him by the arm and pulled him into the water, the report said Tuesday.

The incident took place in front of 50 other tourists Sunday, a spokesman for the fire department in the nearby Gulf coast city of Tampico, said, adding that the man is yet to be identified.

On May 25, in another horrifying incident, a fisherman was killed by a crocodile in Mexico’s northeastern state of Tamaulipas. Officials said the reptile came out of its home after heavy rains flooded the area.

Of late, the heavy showers have flooded the Rio Grande river here, resulting in the crocodiles to enter it, posing serious threats, mainly to illegal immigrants who use this river to cross over to the US, authorities said.

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