Brave boy, 14, in crocodile’s mouth escaped death by punching beast in the face

A brave teenage boy has incredibly survived being snatched by a crocodile by battering it on the head.

Om Prakash Sahoo, 14, was bathing with pals in the Kani river in east India when a 7ft long crocodile appeared from nowhere to drag him away in a terrifying attack.

According to the authorities in Odisha's Kendrapara district, Om Prakash remains in hospital but in a stable condition.

The lad spent a reported 10 minutes struggling to free himself from the deadly predator's jaws which his finally escaped with punches to its forehead and eye.

Once released from the crocodile's fierce grip, Om Prakash was rushed to the district headquarter hospital at Kendrapara before being transferred to the SCB medical college and hospital at Cuttack.

The attack near near Araji village is shockingly the third by a crocodile in the space of a month in and around Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district.

Not everyone has been so fortunate to make it out of the river alive.

Janaki Jena, 54, was washing utensils in the river outside the village of Jharapada on May 26 when she was killed by a bloodthirsty reptile.

Shiv Prasad Behera, 40, from Nalapai village is another crocodile attack casualty over the last month following his fatal bathe in the Brahmani river.

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According to Indian media outlets, the worrying surge in crocodile-man conflict around Bhitarkanika national park, is dur to estuarine crocodiles straying into water-bodies, creeks and water-inlets in areas of civilisation.

The latest number of crocodiles in the park has been counted at a staggering 1,784.

Bhitarkanika National Park has taken action to prevent visitors to the area being attacked by crocodiles by issuing a three month tourist ban, ending on July 31.

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A park official said: “We have sounded an alert as the breeding season of these reptiles has begun. It's a precautionary measure to curb man-animal conflict.”

They also warned local residents to remain vigilant and urged them to keep a safe distance from known crocodile-infested water-bodies.

Attacks on humans tend to spike during monsoons and winter months which is the nesting season for estuarine crocodiles.

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