Miami, Dec 16 (IANS) A man was seriously injured and taken to Lee County Hospital after being bitten by an alligator while washing his hands in a lagoon in Sanibel on Florida’s west coast.
The alligator attack happened this Thursday, when the victim, whose identity was not disclosed, was washing his hands in Sanibel Pond and was attacked by an alligator, causing “severe injuries” to his right hand, local channels reported. reported from Miami.
The man was able to free himself from the alligator’s jaws and call emergency 911, while others were able to apply a tourniquet to his injured arm.
Agents of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Lee County Police and a trapper traveled to the scene in an area known as Periwinkle Way to capture the man. catch it.
Although alligator attacks are rare, an average of eight unprovoked bites per year in Florida over the past decade required medical attention, according to the FWC.
From 1948 to 2021, there were 442 incidents of unprovoked bites in Florida, resulting in 26 deaths.
Last September, an alligator measuring more than 7 feet (2.1 m) bitten a 77-year-old woman in a lake in Manatee County on Florida’s west coast, and in July an 80-year-old woman was swallowed when She had fallen. A man attacked at an Englewood pond and near Sarasota Lake.
In June, a man was also bitten by an alligator on Florida’s west coast that he mistook for a longtail.
Alligators can be found in nearly all of the 67 counties that make up Florida, despite being listed on the federal endangered species list.
Officials often warn against throwing food at alligators, as this may cause the reptiles to “associate humans with food.”