Kuching man bitten by crocodile saved himself by slapping the creature

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A Kuching man, Bohri Jali, 54, managed to escape a crocodile attack with only a few chest lacerations in Kampung Tabuan Melayu this morning.

He was carrying out repair work outside the house near the riverbank when the crocodile bit him around 10 a.m.

The Malay Mail reported that he managed to escape the “baby” crocodile’s jaws by kicking its head.

The baby crocodile allegedly attacked Bohri. Image: Utusan Borneo / Borneo Post

His daughter, Zairina Bohri, 25, said she heard her mother, Shamsiah Narawi, scream before running out of the house to see what had happened to her father.

I heard my mother shouting, “Amoi, bapak kau kenak serang boyak ya!” (Daughter, your father is attacked by a crocodile!).

Bohri Jali’s daughter, Zairina Bohri

Bohri was treated for his injuries at a nearby health clinic.

This is the second crocodile attack reported in Sarawak in a month.

The latest attack took place in Telaga Ai involving a seven-year-old boy on May 21. The boy’s remains had not been found since.

How to survive a crocodile attack

According to History.com, a crocodile’s jaw crushes its victim with a force of 3,700 pounds per square inch.

For comparison, that’s more than three and a half times the bite of a lion and 25 times that of a human.

So the best bet to escaping a crocodile attack is to avoid them at all costs and run. However, sometimes things don’t go as planned, so here are some tips to remember:

1. Back up slowly and quietly

If you encounter a crocodile, back away slowly and quietly so as not to scare it. And then run in a straight line. Crocodiles can move at 10 miles per hour, so running in zigzags will be a waste of time. Run straight, run fast.

2. Poke his eyes

Do your best to dig or pierce the eyes of the crocodile. The eyes are one of the crocodile’s powerful tools, but it is also the most vulnerable.

In 2014, a man named Stephen Moreen was dragged underwater by a crocodile but managed to escape by poking out the eye of the crocodile.

3. Fight like crazy

If you get pulled underwater (known as a “death roll” because the goal is to drown the prey), channel your angry Donald Duck and fight back like crazy. Poke the eyes of the crocodile.

Val Plumwood was dragged into a death roll in 1985. After surviving two death rolls, she attempted to climb a paperbark tree but was dragged into a final death roll.

She fought the crocodile by punching it and digging her fingers into what could be its eyes or nose. She managed to escape and survived to tell the tale.

4. Sacrifice a limb

The other option is gnarly, but it could save your life. One solution is to sacrifice a limb bitten by the fang.

Ruby Francis was feeding a crocodile on a Malaysian farm in 2017 when a crocodile bit her arm and started the death roll.

When his leg got stuck between the crocodile’s teeth, he told his colleagues to get him to safety and let the crocodile rip his leg off.


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