It’s not something most of us have to think about even if we’re camping in the great outdoors, but one American tourist will never take a leak without double checking his surroundings again.
Cal Monzon, aged 40, was vacationing in Mexico and staying at the Riu Peninsula in Cancun. After a night on the town he decided it was time to wander home, but when nature calls in such an inebriated state you tend to answer without thinking. That's exactly what happened with Monzon who decided he’d relieve himself into a local lagoon, but not even a few moments into his stream, a crocodile leaped from the water, bit down on his arm, and twisted, leaving the victim without an arm below his elbow.
As reported by the Riviera Maya News, the event happened just after 3:30 a.m. on July 2, 2017. Local security officers heard a man’s scream and rushed to find him fly-down and holding a bloody stump.
After being rushed to the hospital, doctors decided the rest of the arm had to be amputated to combat the risk of infection, and the severe trauma the crocodile’s bite inflicted.
A crocodile’s teeth aren’t designed to cleanly sever meat from bone—they’re mostly designed to grip their prey and ensure they don’t escape. Then the crocodile will twist their bodies to either grievously injure their victim or attempt to drag them into the water, drowning the prey. Monzon was lucky to be alive after his fateful encounter.
This isn’t the first time tourists have run afoul of local wildlife in that area. In 2015, a man lost his life at the Nichupte Lagoon, the same lagoon Monzon lost his arm. The victim decided to take a swim in the mangroves that ended with him being swarmed by crocodiles, who after they had their fill of him, left his mangled body to float downstream.
There are posted signs, in English and Spanish warning tourists of the dangers lurking just below the surface of the waters. Locals are now stating that the signage may not be enough, and it may become necessary to relocate the lagoon’s crocodile population. There are believed to be 120 crocodiles in the lagoon - significantly more than there was last year.