American tourist urinating in Cancun lagoon loses arm to crocodile attack

An American tourist had part of his arm torn from his body by a crocodile while attempting to relieve himself in Nichupte Lagoon in Cancun on Sunday, according to reports.

Cal Monzon, 40, was left in critical condition after the reptile bit his arm off up to the elbow.

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Mexico's 24 Horas reported the tourist managed to escape after struggling with the animal attempting to pull him into the water. Monzon was later rushed to receive medical attention after being found by a security guard who heard his screams.

His condition remains unknown after he was transported to a nearby hospital, where what was left of his arm was amputated due to the severity of the damage caused, Rivera Maya News reported.

The newspaper also cited reports claiming the tourist was inebriated when he decided to venture close to the lagoon at roughly 6 a.m. that morning.

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Despite several signs around the lagoon warning tourists of the estimated 150 deadly crocodiles in the area, a number of crocodile attacks take place in the region annually, including a death reported in 2015 after another man believed to be intoxicated was dragged to the bottom of the water by a crocodile.