Terrifying photos have emerged online of Chinese tourists- some of them children- standing on a rusty metal raft feeding crocodiles. The photos sparked outrage after they were posted to Twitter on Friday, forcing the tourist attraction at Elephant Kingdom in Chonburi, Thailand to close.

The holiday makers scrambled aboard the make-shift cage floating on top of plastic barrels.

They dangled chunks of meat from flimsy sticks only centimetres above the powerful jaws of three-metre crocodiles.

The reptiles leapt out of the water to snatch their lunch.

Jon Nok, a passing motorcycle-taxi driver took the photos of the tourists surrounded by hundreds of hungry crocodiles.

The reptiles are used for crocodile farming.

Only hours after the images went viral police raced to the crocodile farm.

Elephant Kingdom owner Uthen Youngprapakorn told the Mirror: ‘We don’t put more than 15 people in a cage at a time.

But they can hold more than this. … There have never been any problems and visitors are very happy. We always watch everything very closely.’

Elephant Kingdom will be closed for 90 days while officials perform safety checks, the Mirror reported.

Crocodile feeding is a popular activity among Chinese tourists.