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4-year-old bitten by crocodile in southern Israel suffers serious arm injury

Child airlifted to hospital for treatment after incident at reptile farm in Ir Ovot

Child is airlifted to Soroka Medical Center after he was bitten by a crocodile, November 21, 2020 (Screen grab/Kan)
Child is airlifted to Soroka Medical Center after he was bitten by a crocodile, November 21, 2020 (Screen grab/Kan)

A four-year-old boy was hospitalized with a serious arm injury on Saturday after he was bitten by a crocodile at a farm for the reptiles in the south of the country.

The incident occurred at the Crocoloco crocodile farm at Ir Ovot in the Arava Desert, Channel 12 news reported.

There were no details given as to how the child was so close to the dangerous reptile.

According to Channel 13 news, workers at the farm said the child had reached into an enclosure and his injuries were caused by the fencing when his grandmother’s caregiver pulled him back out of harm’s way. The farm said the area was clearly signposted that the animals should not be approached.

Illustrative — Crocodile in the zoo in Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip on January 23, 2012 (Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90)

Paramedics said in a statement that the boy had bite marks on his arm.

Police said they have opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and provided the child with first aid treatment before he was airlifted in a helicopter to Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center.

The boy was said to be in moderate condition overall.

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