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Report filed by AAF Correspondent: J. David Varty
from Reuters

    Girl Killed by Grandfather's Crocodiles

Thu, Apr 26 09:57 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A four-year-old Cambodian girl was eaten alive by crocodiles this week when she fell into a pond at her grandfather's farm, a newspaper reported on Thursday. Siv Hong, granddaughter of 52-year-old Kart Lim, dropped an item of clothing into the pond from a bridge and slipped and fell in while trying to retrieve it, the Rasmei Kampuchea (Light of Cambodia) newspaper reported.

The grandfather jumped into the crocodile pond to try to save the girl and was also attacked by the animals. A neighbor jumped in with a stick to rescue him, the paper said.

The pond, in Kompong Thom province north of Phnom Penh, is home to some 30 to 50 crocodiles, the newspaper said.

Some farmers in Cambodia raise crocodiles for their skins which are used to make items such as boots and bags.

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