The main food of the estuarine crocodile is fish and amphibians. Therefore, when Benetulier le Fou fell in the water while trying to take a selfie next to a fully grown crocodile, it is quite possible that the innocent animal thought she was a frog jumping into the water. The incident occurred on a trail in Thailand’s Khao Yai National park.
Crocodiles are very lazy and do not need to eat very often. They will lie still in the water for weeks waiting for a cordon bleu meal of frogs legs to, virtually, jump into their mouth. When a French female jumps in the water next to one, it is reflexive to take a bite. After all, nobody, neither Park Officials or Crocs, would expect a homo sapiens to go right next to a fully grown crocodilian in order to take a stupid picture. So, instead of a selfie, Madame le Fou got a snap on the leg.
Frogs legs are a common item in Thai restaurants which explains why there are so many French tourists. Obviously, more needs to be done to protect them. We can not expect French tourists to know that huge crocodiles are dangerous. Also the warning signs on the Khao Yai trail are printed only in Thai and English, not French.
The Story from Khaosod (1 Jan):
PRACHINBURI — A French woman was bitten by a crocodile Sunday afternoon while hiking at Khao Yai National Park.
Benetulier Lesuffleur, 46, was traveling with her husband along Haew Suwat Waterfall – Pha Kluay Mai trail when they spotted a crocodile sunbathing in a pond and attempted to take a picture with it.
The couple crouched near the reptile to take a selfie before the wife fell over, which startled the crocodile, resulting in it biting into her right thigh.
Lesuffleur was sent to a hospital in Prachinburi province and is now safe.
According to the national park chief Kanchit Srinoppawan, the tourists went off trail and ignored a sign warning about crocodiles.