A horrifying video (below) has surfaced online showing a Thai zoo performer putting his head inside of a crocodile's mouth before it clamps down with its powerful jaws.
In the graphic clip, the man performed with a crocodile during a show in Ko Samui, Thailand, the Daily Mail reports. He is reported to have shown the audience injuries that he sustained from previous crocodile shows, including a missing finger.
The man, who has not been identified, began the show using two wooden sticks. As he performed with the creature, he put the sticks aside to put his head in its mouth for around 10 seconds. The croc then bit down on his head, swinging him from side to side as the performer screamed in pain, according to London Free Press.
After the reptile released the man from its grip, it walked back into a pool nearby. It's unclear how serious the performer's injuries were.
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In a similar story in March, a circus performer in Liem Can, Vietnam, suffered serious injuries during a crocodile show, reports Metro.
The performer walked up to the reptile, which measured more than 5 feet long, in an attempt to calm it, and crouched in front of it.
When the man's face was near the croc's mouth, it clamped onto his head, shaking him.
The man walked away as the audience screamed, holding his face in his hands with blood spilling out. Someone gave the performer a towel, which was then stained red with blood from his injuries.
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While the man was seriously injured, the Ha Nam Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism's chairman, Pham Van Do, said that the incident had thankfully not been life-threatening.
"It is fortunate that it was only a soft wound. The performer is being cared for at Ha Nam General Hospital, and his health has already got better with no sign of a life-threatening condition," said the chairman.
The Australian government's guidelines on crocodile safety advises that the creatures are dangerous to people and animals.
Most fatal attacks, the guide says, have occurred when people go into water that is not a designated swimming area.
Saltwater crocodiles were listed as a protected species in 1971, after they were nearly hunted out of existence. Since they became protected, the wild saltwater crocodile population has increased, and is currently estimated to be from 100,000 to 200,000.
The guide advises those who encounter a croc to "never provoke, harass, or interfere" with the creature, even if it is a smaller crocodile. It also advises against feeding crocs, as it can be dangerous.