It’s no surprise that these holidaymakers look a little nervous… the Chinese tourists feeding crocodiles sparked a safety frenzy.

Pictures of the terrifying activity went viral after a taxi driver posted them on Twitter a couple of days ago.

The images show youngsters dangling lumps of meet into the jaws of the crocodiles. The beasts then leap out of the water to grab their lunch.

It seems that few Thais knew about the venue in Chonburi, Thailand, but it has been a massive draw with Chinese holidaymakers in recent years.

Update: The owner of the crocodile feeding attraction sent an ELEPHANT onto a raft to prove it is safe

Chinese tourists feeding crocodiles in Chonburi, Thailand
Chinese tourists feeding crocodiles in Chonburi, Thailand

Social media users were shocked by the activity, with some raising safety concerns for the tourists.

One said: ‘I can’t believe how dangerous this is. What is the cage breaks, or a crocoldile grabs somebody’s hand. It’s cruel.’

Tourists pay to feed the crocodiles at the farm.

Safety panic

Police, army and government officials rushed to the Elephant Kingdom, also known as Anachak Chang, near Pattaya, Chnburi province, to check it was safe.

They have since suspended the licence for 90 days.

Adisorn Promthep, director-general of the Fisheries Department, said it could be risky for tourists and ordered the farm to improve safety.

Crocodiles rise up from the water to snatch the meat
Crocodiles rise up from the water to snatch the meat
The raft looks shaky
The raft looks shaky…

The owner, Uthen Youngprapakorn, said that the metal cages, floating on plastic drums, are perfectly safe.

Each one can hold up to eight tonnes in weight but he ‘only fills them with 10 to 15 people at a time’.

The venue has two huge lakes each packed with thousands of freshwater and saltwater crocodiles and gharials, a reptile similar to crocs but with a long, thin snout.

One lake is used exclusively for breeding while the other is used to for tourists to feed the reptiles. Two motorised metal rafts are sent into the water from which tourists can feed the creatures.

Mr Youngprapakorn said that demand from holidaymakers had increased and now they have hundreds of visitors a day.

He’s onto a winner – selling crocodile skins to designer brands for handbags, boots and getting tourists to pay him to feed his animals. 

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