A tourist was brutally attacked by a crocodile after missing it for a plastic model when he tried to take a selfie with it.
Nehemias Chipada, 68, saw the beast as he visited Amaya View Amusement Park in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, on November 10.
He was with his family and celebrating his birthday when he climbed into the pool to take a selfie with what he thought was a realistic model of the cold-blooded predator.
The 12-foot-long crash threw itself against his arm and dragged him into the water in front of his terrified family.
Outrageous images show Nehemiah screaming for help when the crash puts its teeth into this left arm.
He managed to break free and run away with his arm still intact.
Nehemiah survived the attack when his family accused the amusement park of not putting up signs warning them to stay away from the deadly reptile.
Mercy Joy Chipada, Nehemiah’s daughter, said: “There was no advice that warned us not to go into the enclosure. Because if it had existed, we would never have gone there.”
The resort staff wrapped handkerchiefs tightly around Nehemiah’s arms and hands to stop the bleeding, before taking him to Northern Mindanao Medical Center for treatment.
Examinations showed that he had broken bones and eight wounds that needed to be sewn on his left arm and thigh.
A three-inch crocodile fangs had also been attached to his flesh by the force of the bite. Several surgeries were needed to fix his broken leg.
Spectator Rogelio Pamisa Antiga, who filmed the shocking scene, said: “I was looking at the beautiful landscape around the park when the incident occurred.
“I heard people screaming for help and saw the crocodile handle the old man. I thought it would bite off his arm.
“I wanted to help him, but I was scared and had no knowledge of how to handle a crocodile attack.”
The amusement park agreed to cover the costs of Nehemiah’s treatment but denied that they were negligent when they warned tourists about the dangerous animal.
Amaya Views chief operating officer Candy Unabia said: “We deny the allegation that we have been negligent.
“They said they thought the crocodile was also artificial, but that area is actually limited. There are signs and constant reminders from our tour guides.”