Bone-chilling footage shows the moment a crocodile bit down on a zookeeper’s head before thrashing him from side to side while he screamed in horror.
The video, filmed last Sunday, shows a man performing at one of Thailand’s well-known crocodile shows for a group of people on the tourist island of Ko Samui.
In the video, the man kneels before a crocodile which is lying still with its jaw wide open.
The crocodile remains still as the zookeeper performs his routine with two wooden sticks. He waves the stick around the beast’s open mouth and briefly pokes it inside.
Then the man does something that ultimately almost costs him his life: He shoves his entire head inside the stationary crocodile’s mouth.
The man holds this precarious position for ten seconds before everything goes sour. The crocodile suddenly snaps down on his head and aggressively thrashes him around.
The man screams as the audience, stunned, watches. He is left on the ground as the crocodile glides back into the water.
Prior to the stunt, the man showed the crowd his previous wounds, including a missing finger.
Most noteworthy, perhaps, is that the animal could have easily killed the man or snapped his neck, if he had wanted to do so.
But the mighty reptile, it seems, was merely playing around with the man.
Consider the work of paleobiologist Gregory M. Erickson, who put the crocodile’s bite to the test. He and his colleagues gauged the bites all 23 living species of crocodile. Those with the most bang to their bite, the saltwater variety, slammed their jaws shut with 3,700 pounds per square inch (psi), or 16,460 newtons, of bite force.
For comparison, you might tear into a piece of beef with 150 to 200 psi (890 newtons). Hyenas, lions, and tigers can generate around 1,000 psi (4,450 newtons).
And, to paint a clearer picture of how lucky this man is to be alive, 235 kg (520 pounds) or 2,300 newtons of force is needed to crush a human skull. That’s a far cry from 16,460.
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