A FAMILY’S dream holiday turned into a nightmare when a young girl was attacked by two crazed dolphins.
Lexi Yeo, ten, was left bitten, bloodied and bruised when the mammals went berserk during a dolphin swim experience.
Lexi Yeo, ten, was savaged by two dolphins during a dolphin swim experience in Cancun, Mexico[/caption]
Her horrified mum told how she watched as a pair of bottlenose dolphins tried ‘dragging’ screaming Lexi under the water[/caption]
She suffered bite marks, puncture wounds, deep cuts and bruising to her legs and feet in the horror attack[/caption]
Horrified mum Laura, 40, watched as a pair of bottlenose dolphins tried “dragging” screaming Lexi under the water in a dedicated sea pen.
They rammed, bit and gnawed at her and refused to respond to the trainers’ desperate pleas to stop their attack.
Lexi was only saved by clinging to the top of her bodyboard before a trainer dragged her to safety.
The hysterical youngster suffered bite marks, puncture wounds, deep cuts and bruising to her legs and feet.
Bosses at the “ethical” Dolphin Discovery experience in Cancun, Mexico, claimed bad sea conditions caused the dolphins to become “distressed”.
They also blamed a rogue male dolphin that “shouldn’t have been in the pen” for sending other animals insane.
‘I THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO DIE’
The attack cut short the Yeo family’s £7,000 TUI holiday in Cancun, Mexico last month.
Mum Laura, a nursery nurse from Barkingside, East London, said: “It was terrifying. I thought she was going to die.
“But I’ve not even had a card, flowers or teddy bear for Lexi from TUI. They have washed their hands of us.
“More concerning, the dolphins are still swimming with tourists and TUI are continuing to work with the company.
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“How long before this happens again — with even worse consequences?”
Dolphin attacks on humans are extremely rare, with just one recorded case of a bottlenose dolphin killing a human.
TUI said it is investigating and will contact the family immediately.
Lexi luckily managed to cling to the top of her bodyboard before a trainer could drag her to safety[/caption]
Mum Laura claims the dolphins that attacked her daughter are still swimming with tourists[/caption]
Bosses at the ‘ethical’ Dolphin Discovery experience put the mammals’ crazed behaviour down to bad sea conditions[/caption]
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