Crocodile handler attacked by reptile

A CROCODILE handler has lost part of his hand following an attack at a Queensland reptile park.

58 year old Ian Jenkins was conducting a crocodile feeding show at Snakes Downunder on Sunday afternoon when the reptile leapt out of the water.

He had been trying to gain the attention of the crocodile with his hat in his left hand and a chicken in his right hand, when it bit his left hand pulling him into the water.


His lost his left thumb and part of his hand down to his wrist, while also suffering head injuries from falling into the water.

The RACQ CareFlight helicopter rushed to the scene and the flight Paramedic administered pain relief.

The man was then airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital in a stable condition to have surgery on his hand.

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