posted on Jul, 11 2012 @ 01:03 PM
reply to post by nixie_nox
I almost posted this one too! There was another alligator attack the day before where a 15 year old from my town was bitten across the torso and
chest, but he fought free, and his uncle hunted the gator down and killed it.
Gators in Florida very rarely attack grown folks! Sometimes they'll kill dogs or small livestock, or maybe even grab a child, but rarely a teenager
or adult. Having 2 attacks within days is concerning. I've swam with alligators many times. Wacissa Springs is about 5 miles from my house, and
there is a rope swing, and the gators lie up on logs and watch the kids swing out and jump into the water. Once in awhile they get a little too close
and some bigger kids or adults will shoe them away.
Maybe it is the heat causing the gators to act aggressively? I know it makes me grouchy!
For the record, there is no "right" thing to do when attacked by a gator. They are basically impregnable to any of a humans natural defenses. You
can't hurt them. You can try to remember to hold your breath, because they are probably going to roll. You should resist and make sure you are not
an easy meal. If they get a good grip on something like an arm, pray it comes off, because that will help you survive. If the arm stays attached,
you'll likely be killed. Better to lose an arm than your life. Poking them in the eyes or gripping under the bottom of their snout very, very
strongly with your fingertips might provide a little bit of discomfort to them, but nothing they are not used to. The only thing you can do is just
not go easily, and hope they give up.
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