12-year-old South Philadelphia boy attacked by crocodile in Cancun disguises himself as one for Halloween – CBS Philly
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 12-year-old kid from South Philadelphia uses a horrific experience as inspiration for his Halloween costume. Charlie Buhl was attacked by a crocodile in Cancun, Mexico.
“I knew it was a crocodile,” Charlie said. “It was like a metal clamp, just squeezing really hard on your leg.”
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Charlie was attacked by a crocodile over the summer while on a family vacation at Club Med Cancun. He was playing hide and seek on the lagoon with other kids at the resort’s kids club.
“A friend of mine came over and said he found a really good hiding place,” Charlie recalls.
But this crocodile was hiding nearby.
Her mother, Jennifer Buhl, had dinner at a restaurant also on the resort.
“I didn’t know if he was alive or dead. I didn’t know which son it was, ”she said.
Charlie underwent several surgeries while still in Mexico and he has the scars to prove it.
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Proving a sense of humor, Charlie and his friends make a crocodile costume for Halloween.
“It’s 16 feet long and we’re going to get a lot of candy,” Charlie said.
The reason he’s 16 feet tall is because it’s 3 feet taller than the real crocodile that attacked him.
Club Med Cancún is helping Charlie’s recovery, but his mother says she worries it will happen to another child if changes aren’t made.
“If Cancún ignores this warning and does not resolve the situation, then more people will be attacked and someone will die,” Buhl said.
Club Med Cancún said in a statement: “Club Med Cancún has strengthened the area around the lagoon by increasing the number of signs, lighting and installing taller fences to further protect the safety of our guests and our staff. staff from the surrounding lagoon. “
As for Charlie, his recovery continues. His therapy includes a hyperbaric chamber. He walks with a slight limp and still cannot play football. It has this warning for anyone else playing hide and seek at Club Med Cancun.
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“Be careful. There are crocodiles,” Charlie said. “If you see anyone near the lagoon or in the lagoon, just let them know.”
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