A 65-year-old Thai woman named Wanpen Inyai committed suicide by plunging into a crocodile pond in the vicinity of Bangkok.
The unfortunate event occurred during opening hours at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm, a tourist attraction where visitors can feed the swarming crocodiles from a walkway with fences just a few feet tall. According to Preecha Iam-nui, an officer with the Samut Prakan police department, the woman took off her shoes before jumping into the middle of the pond — approximately three meters deep — from a resting point on the walkway.
“Her sister said the victim was suffering from stress and depression,” Mr. Preecha said.
Similarly, Uthen Youngprapakorn, managing director of the crocodile farm, said that Wanpen had most likely intended to commit suicide because she went to the farm on her own. According to sources, Wanpen’s family also believes the death was a suicide and has not taken legal action toward the farm operator.
The Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm & Zoo describes itself as “the world’s largest crocodile farm.” Founded in 1950, it claims to have more than 100,000 crocodiles within its 300 acres. Besides promoting wildlife conservation via the crocodile farm, Samutprakarn also hosts crocodile wrestling events and elephant shows.