Sunday, 1 January, 1928

A child was attacked by what was likely a Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) while bathing within a stream at Song Pluei in amphur Lumbuk or changvad Ubon. The child and been herding buffalo alongside a man and another boy and they had all decided to bathe when the attack occurred. The man managed to fight the crocodile and rescue the boy, but he died a day later due to the severity of his injuries. The man, named Less Sumaba, who rescued the child was awarded the Siamese Rajaniyom Medal for his bravery. The location of the attack is unknown due to the locations mentioned either no longer existing or existing under different names in modern times; changvad Ubon refers to Ubon Ratchathani province but the other two more detailed locations are not known. Given it's location, the culprit of the attack is almost certainly the Siamese crocodile.

Location data

Latitude: 15.278000000000
Longitude: 105.019000000000

Incident details

Outcome: Fatal
Victim Age:
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Bathing
Witnessed: Yes
Overall Quality of Report
Some important information missing or moderately detailed
Date of Incident Date Precision
1928-01-01 Year +/-180 days
Species Certainty
Siamese Crocodile Probable
Size (metres) Size Precision
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About the crocodilian

Siamese Crocodile

The Siamese crocodile is a medium sized crocodilian reaching a maximum length of around 4 m (13 ft). It is also one of the world's most endangered crocodilian species with only a handful of small viable populations scattered in a few localities. The highest numbers of existing Siamese crocodiles are found within Cambodia (particularly within the Cardamom Mountains) but small viable populations are also found within Indonesia (Lake Mesangat, East Kalimantan) and Laos; reintroduction efforts have also been conducted in Vietnam (Cat Tien NP) and Thailand (Pang Sida NP). The species was likely much more widely distributed in historical times throughout Indochina and portions of Indonesia/Malaysia. The Siamese crocodile is primarily a freshwater species preferring swamps and lakes with floating vegetation, although it may also enter brackish areas on occasion. Juvenile diet includes primarily invertebrates and small fish, while adults have been documented preying upon larger fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and small mammals; the broad-snout of this species suggests that prey variety may be fairly generalized. The species appears to be, for the most part, relatively shy and inoffensive to humans. With the exception of re-introduced crocodiles, viable populations of this species have been virtually extirpated from Thailand and Vietnam; elsewhere the species is severely threatened by habitat destruction (e.g. the construction of hydropower dams) and both accidental and deliberate killings (e.g. electro-fishing, poaching). 

Estimated Wild Population: under 5,000.

Conservation Status: Critically Endangered. 

Crocodylus siamensis

About this record

Last Updated Contributor Incident Link Node Item GUID FKID
2013-12-13 10:22 Brandon Sideleau 100-4493 4493