Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Gator Bait

Alligator bites off airboat captain's hand in Fla.

  •  Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:43 am 
Wildlife officials say an alligator has bitten the hand off an airboat captain in southwest Florida.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say wildlife officers tracked and euthanized the alligator after the attack Tuesday afternoon in Everglades City.

Commission spokeswoman Carli Segelson tells the Naples Daily News ( the hand was pulled from the alligator's stomach and taken to the hospital where the captain was being treated.
No additional details about the attack were immediately available. It was unclear if anyone else was in the boat.

The commission identified the captain as 63-year-old Wallace Weatherholt of Captain Doug's Everglades Tours.  Since the pilot was in a state of shock and heavily sedated it was not immediately clear if there were other tour customers in the boat who were all seized by this alligator or a possible gang of alligators. It could even have been a giant python (shown) who recently have been eating alligators in the Everglades.

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