I'm a Celebrity gets complaints over crocodile Bushtucker Trial

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

From Digital Spy

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! was a huge hit last year, but there was one Bushtucker Trial which caused controversy.

The ITV reality show received 53 Ofcom complaints about animal welfare during the December 1 episode, which included a crocodile with its mouth taped shut.

Ofcom assessed the complaints but will not be investigating further.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

The Bushtucker Trial in question – called Savage Sewer – saw campmate Sair Khan entering a number of tunnels with the aim of retrieving stars. Sair succeeded in winning 10 stars that day.

On the night of broadcast, a number of viewers expressed concerns over how the crocodile was treated.

"It would be far more entertaining if the poor crocs mouth wasn't strapped," said one Twitter user on December 1. "Just sayin'."

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Related: I'm a Celebrity's James McVey engaged to Kirstie Brittain – as he reveals how Harry Redknapp helped him to propose

This was not the only instance of the show taping a crocodile's mouth shut for a Bushtucker Trial, and viewers voiced their disapproval later on in the series as well.

"I've loved this series but I'm so not okay with them taping the crocs mouth for a trial," said one fan on December 7.

"The bit where Harry [Redknapp] is doing the trial with the crocodile in the cage with him – the croc has his mouth taped shut! Look closely!" said another viewer commenting on the same episode. "Cruel bastards. Just don't do trial with dangerous animals, eh."

Digital Spy has reached out to ITV for comment.

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! aired on ITV.

Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit 'Like' on our Digital Spy Facebook page and 'Follow' on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter account.

('You Might Also Like',)