When nature bites back! Drunk man is nearly dragged into lagoon in Mexico by crocodile after hurling rocks at it
- Video footage filmed by a bystander in Villahermosa, Mexico, captured the moment a man was attacked by a crocodile
- Authorities said the incident took place last Thursday at the La Encantada lagoon after the drunk individual was throwing rocks at the reptile
- The crocodile crawled away from a nest where it laid its eggs and grabbed the man by his pants and tried to drag him to the water
- The fire department was able to secure the animal and the eggs, which were turned over to the Federal Agency of Environmental Protection
This is the moment a drunk man challenged a crocodile to a fight before he was nearly dragged into a lagoon in the Mexican state of Tabasco.
The individual, whose name was not released by the authorities, had stoned the female reptile which was lying near her egg nest when she lunged at him at the La Encantada lagoon in the municipality of Villahermosa last Thursday.
The crocodile grabbed the man by the lower end of his pants and tried to pull him towards the edge of the lagoon before it relented.
Mexican authorities said a man who was drunk attacked a crocodile with rocks and was nearly pulled into a lagoon in Villahermosa, Tabasco, last Thursday
A member of the fire department in Villahermosa, Tabasco, secures the crocodile moments after it had attacked a drunk man who threw rocks at it
It’s unclear how badly injured the man was but witnesses said that he was able to walk away on his own, according to Mexican newspaper La Razón.
‘The person who was apparently attacked was throwing stones at (the crocodile) and was intoxicated,’ Villahermosa Civil Defense director José Gómez said.
‘These animals are in the reproductive stage. She had some eggs and the animal felt attacked and reacted.’
A firefighter attempts to lure the crocodile from its nest before trapping the reptile and securing the eggs
A firefighter grabs the crocodile by its tail while it was secured with a rope before the reptile and her eggs were removed from the lagoon and turned to the Federal Agency of Enviromental Protection
A unit with the local fire department arrived at the scene and was able to get the crocodile to crawl towards them before she was trapped and tied with a rope.
The reptile and the eggs were placed under the care of the Federal Agency of Environmental Protection.
The Tabasco Civil Protection department urged residents to restrain from making contact with crocodiles in the area.
‘We make a strong call to avoid disturbing them so as not to generate defensive attacks,’ the agency said in a statement.
The incident comes just eight months after a Villahermosa homeless man had half of his left arm bitten off by a crocodile while bathing in the Las Ilusiones lagoon.