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Thailand Tourist Attraction Closed for Safety Reasons

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | July 17, 2016

Thailand Tourist Attraction Closed for Safety Reasons

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A tourist attraction in Thailand has been temporarily closed after photos of tourists feeding meat to crocodiles from a wobbly raft were posted to Twitter, The Mirror reported. 

A motorcycle-taxi driver named Jon Nok took photos of hundreds of crocodiles surrounding a raft full of Chinese tourists Friday in a pond at the Elephant Kingdom in Chonburi, Thailand, the newspaper said.

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The raft was made of a cage floating on top of plastic barrels that were only inches from the dangerous reptiles, according to the Mirror. The tourists used canes to feed beef to the crocs.

Hours after the photos went viral, police, soldiers and government officials rushed to the crocodile farm to put an end to the practice that is believed to be popular among Chinese tourists, the Mirror said.

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“We don’t put more than 15 people in a cage at a time,” Elephant Kingdom owner Uthen Youngprapakorn told the Mirror. “But they can hold more than this. … There have never been any problems and visitors are very happy. We always watch everything very closely.”

Elephant Kingdom will be closed for 90 days while officials perform safety checks of the facility, the Mirror reported.


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