An animal handler was left terrified after a shark sunk its teeth into his leg leaving his colleagues to bravely step in and prevent any further attack.
Boontem Singsura, 55, was moving three bull sharks at Kung Kraben Aquaculture Demonstration Facility, Thailand when he was badly bitten.
The sharks needed to be relocated due to low tide and the officer sat on the ten-year-old animal's head to keep it under control.
When Boontem waded into the water the shark panicked and lashed out at his leg where it took a bite of his flesh, reports The Mirror.
His quick thinking colleagues immedielty stepped in and pulled Boontem out of the water knowing that the smell of blood could send the sharks into a feeding frenzy.
Colleague Manas Kongsri, 50, said they were trying to orientate the shark into another part of the enclosure when Boontem put his weight on the shark's head before attacking his leg.
He said: "We thought the shark would be familiar with our presence because we once performed CPR on it and also put an oxygen tube in its mouth. Then this happened.
"It was terrifying. I would not dare go into the shark pond ever again.
"Boontem's wound was also big and the blood just kept on flowing out from his leg."
The injured animal handler's wound had "sheets of flesh hanging from it" with the shark's bite marks.
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His jeans were also torn apart following the attack.
The medical staff rushed to the spot to give first aid before bringing Boontem to Tha Mai Hospital for further treatment.
Boontem received stitches for his bite wounds and had no other serious injuries.
All three sharks were transferred successfully to a new pond.
Bull sharks can reach around eight metres in the wild and a powerful bite with a force up to 5,914 newtons
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