A foreign tourist who responded to the call of nature Sunday at the Nichupté lagoon in Cancún didn’t heed the warning signs and lost part of an arm.
The young man, reportedly inebriated, was attacked by a crocodile as he urinated on the banks of the lagoon, where he had descended while walking on Bulevar Kukulcán.
The man, 29, escaped after a struggle with the reptile, which returned to the water with a piece of the victim’s arm.
A Cancún hospital said Sunday the man, believed to be from the United States, was in delicate condition.
Signs posted near where the attack occurred warn against approaching the area because of the presence of crocodiles.
The conservation organization Onca Maya says 36 attacks by crocodiles have been recorded in the last 22 years in Quintana Roo, many of which triggered retaliation. The association has documented the cases of 10 crocodiles that have been killed.
Onca Maya is pressing for the establishment of a crocodile management program that would protect the reptiles, which are a protected species, and maintain a healthy population while at the same time improving the security of residents and visitors.