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Reptile lunched on Swedish girl's finger

Paul O'Mahony · 7 Jul 2009, 10:34

Published: 07 Jul 2009 10:34 GMT+02:00

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The girl, Elisa, was left needing stitches when the reptile lurched forward and snapped at her outstretched hand, Aftonbladet reports.

The girl was pointing something out to her older brother in Furuviken park's new South America house when the crocodilian reptile attacked.

"I hardly remember anything, I was terrified," Elisa told Aftonbladet.

Elisa's brother told the newspaper that the family was shocked by the sight of the girl's finger "covered in blood and in tatters".

The girl was taken by ambulance to Gävle County Hospital. She was discharged on Monday evening with a heavily bandaged finger.

But head zookeeper Johnny Persson refused to blame Gorm, the 20-year-old spectacled caiman, for feasting on the visitor's fingertip.

"The enclosure is surrounded by a fence that is 1.30 metres high. The girl bent down right over the fence and animals like that don't like it when you point at them," he told The Local.

Persson added that the park had plenty of staff in attendance but with a big holiday crowd in for the day, nobody spotted Elisa until it was too late.

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"Obviously you shouldn't lean over a fence near dangerous animals but we are now going to raise the height of the barrier and put up new signs," he said.

Paul O'Mahony (paul.omahony@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

11:57 July 7, 2009 by justanotherexpat
"Dog bites man"


"Lizard bites girl"

12:24 July 7, 2009 by spy
A lesson learned I think.
12:38 July 7, 2009 by Nicklouse
so was it a Lizard or an Alligator?

the Caiman Lizard is not the same the Caiman alligator?
12:45 July 7, 2009 by jack sprat
Crocs for lizards.

Beef cows for dairy cows

Slugs for snails

and a host of others

Reckon the EDs evin u larf mate.

either that or he played the nick from his biology classes at school
13:00 July 7, 2009 by Nicklouse
I see it has been corrected ;)
13:19 July 7, 2009 by paulomahony
Yes, I was just testing. Well spotted.
14:23 July 7, 2009 by slickscott
Im bored people. Help me !
14:31 July 7, 2009 by Marley420
I kind of like finger food myself...
14:37 July 7, 2009 by Holecutter > The Howl From He
I think its great, shame though the little terror did not go the whole way and drag her beneath the surface to its lair, and let her rot there for a few weeks before making a meal of it.

15:31 July 7, 2009 by svenskskater@hotmail.com
Result:Never show your finger to a croc!!!
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