The Phuket Fisheries Office has addressed concerns after tourists posted videos and posts online about allegedly hungry crocodiles at a farm in Phuket.
The story came to light after tourists and local residents posted videos on social media. The posters claimed that this crocodile farm used to have many tourists. Now, according to the posters, there are not many tourists and the crocodiles were being abandoned and were hungry.
The crocodile farm owner in Chalong Mr. Sakun Nganwiwatthavorn told the Phuket Express, “The farm has caretakers all the time. Crocodiles are being fed and are not starving, in fact some are overweight and obese due to eating so well. Sometimes tourists who visited bought food for them but that was not their primary source of nourishment.”
The Phuket Fisheries Office Chief Mr. Sittiphon Mueangsong told the Phuket Express, “We have frequently sent officials to this farm for inspections. There were 32 crocodiles in the farm before the Covid-19 pandemic but four of them passed away from normal aging. Now, there are 28 crocodiles. There are two caretakers at the farm. Some tourists might think the place is abandoned but it is not and has passed all recent inspections and meets all regulations. The reptiles are happy and healthy and well cared for.”