HomeA 12-year-old boy was attacked by a crocodile in Cancun in one costume for Halloween – CBS Philly

A 12-year-old boy was attacked by a crocodile in Cancun in one costume for Halloween – CBS Philly

Philadelphia (CBS) – A 12-year-old from South Philadelphia uses a shocking experience as the inspiration for his Halloween costume. Charlie Paul was attacked by a crocodile in Cancun, Mexico.

“I knew it was an alligator,” Charlie said. “It felt like a metal buckle, just pressed very hard against your leg.”

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Charlie was attacked by a crocodile during the summer while on a family vacation at Club Med Cancun. He was playing hide and seek on the lake with other kids at the resort’s kids club.

“One of my friends came over and said he had found a good place to hide,” Charlie recalls.

But the crocodile was lurking nearby.

His mother, Jennifer Paul, was having dinner at a restaurant at the resort, too.

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 has the scars to prove it.

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To prove humor goes a long way, Charlie and his friends make a crocodile costume for Halloween.

“It’s 16 feet tall and we’re going to get a lot of candy,” Charlie said.

The reason it’s 16 feet is because it’s 3 feet longer than the actual crocodile that attacked it.

Club Med Cancún is helping Charlie’s recovery, but his mother says she’s worried this could happen to another child if changes aren’t made.

“If Cancun doesn’t heed that warning and fix the situation, more people will be attacked and someone will die,” Paul said.

“Club Med Cancun has enhanced the area around the lake by increasing the number of signage and lighting and installing taller fencing to protect the safety of our guests and staff from the surrounding lake,” Club Med Cancun said in a statement.

As for Charlie, his recovery continues. His treatment includes a hyperbaric chamber. He walks a little limp and is still unable to play football. He has this warning for anyone else playing the game of hide and seek at Club Med Cancún.

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“Be careful. There are alligators,” Charlie said. “If you see anyone near the lake or in the lake, just warn them.”