Julio Otero Fernández was eight years old boy who was splashing around in Limón, Costa Rica‘s Matina River when the predator attacked him.
Julio Otero Fernández, a little kid, was mauled to death by a crocodile in front of his terrified parents after being pulled underwater while playing.
When the predator attacked eight-year-old Julio Otero Fernández, he was swimming about in Limón, Costa Rica’s Matina River. The child’s relatives watched in terror as he was carried farther into the river as he had been playing in knee-deep water.
Julio’s corpse has yet to be discovered and might be anywhere in the vicinity. His distressed parents Margini Fernández Flores and Don Julio Otero said that they are now relocating to Nicaragua in order to safeguard their other four children, who range in age from three to sixteen, from the protected species. Additionally, they have pleaded with the authorities to capture the crocodile.
The third grader’s dad said: “The hardest thing for my wife was seeing the crocodile float with my son’s body.”
Speaking to local media his devastated mum added:
“It is impossible to continue living in Matina because in every corner of the house we find something that reminds us of Julito, that causes us a lot of pain. ” We can’t be here, because we spend every time remembering how nice it was to have him here with us. “It is very difficult for us, so we are going to have to get out of here.”
“I am not going to stay here, because just as they protect those animals, they are capable of leaving the river to attack more people and the truth is that it is scary that something like this will happen again. ” My other children act strong, but one realizes that they are sad. “Whenever we remember what happened, it is impossible not to shed tears.”
The search for young Julio’s remains is still ongoing, but according to authorities, recent days’ heavy rain has made it tough.
Limón Red Cross
“One hypothesis is that the animal took the child to the burrow or cave, and there are burrows and caves, but we don’t know which one it is. We have tried to cover and visualize some, and we have implemented a hook with a strip to see if it pulls something, but to no avail,” said Tatiana Daz, regional director of the Limón Red Cross.
“Since we don’t know which cave it is, or which crocodile because there are several, it’s very difficult to focus on a single point. ” We know that there are crocodiles and burrows, but we don’t have a notion or a pattern
At the time of his demise, Julio Otero Fernández was eight years old. He holds a Philippines citizen.