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A French tourist who attempted to take a selfie with a crocodile in the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand has been taken to hospital after the reptile bit her.

Muriel Benetulier, in her 40s, suffered a severe bite wound to her leg on Sunday after squatting next to a crocodile, after posing for a selfie.

She had tipped over and the animal snapped, Thanya Netithammakul, head of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, told the Bankok Post in a story published Monday.

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The attack occurred in the area surrounding the Haew Suwat waterfall, off a trail on which signs warn visitors about crocodiles and instructs tourists to keep to the nature trail.

She is now recovering from her injuries in Apai Phubet Hospital.

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The selfie-related incident could have been far worse.

A study by Canergie Mellon University looked into selfie-related deaths over a seven month period.

More than half of the 127 deaths had occurred in India (76), during the period observed (between March and September 2014).

HT MathiconOnline

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