Gator attacks 77-year-old Bradenton lady – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

(WSVN) – Gordon Silver, a wildlife photographer, has a watch for the right shot, however one Saturday night took a flip for certainly one of his neighbors when a gator was strolling round.

“Usually they run the other way even when you see them on a path over here, crossing over here from pond to pond they see a human and they take off,” mentioned Silver. 

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), a 77-year-old lady was attacked by an almost 8-foot alligator which was an uncommon prevalence for this Bradenton neighborhood.

“Every pond you come across, it could be a little small puddle and there might be a gator in there. You just have to be aware,” mentioned Silver. 

Battalion Chief Craig Madsen with East Manatee Fire District responded to the decision. He mentioned neighbors initially heard the girl screaming and one ran to assist. 

“As he approached the alligator, he said he just started yelling at it and the gator released the victim and proceeded back in the water,” mentioned Madsen.

The alligator didn’t depart as soon as he returned to the water, as a substitute, he stared down on the individuals close by.

“His eyes were locked on us. Luckily, MSO was there to keep us safe and he had his weapon drawn just in case he attacked again,” Madsen mentioned. 

A trapper was known as to the scene and observed traits that shouldn’t be seen in alligators.

“It seemed apparent that this gator had been fed,” mentioned Madsen.

The neighbors, together with Silver, wished the very best for the girl who was attacked.

“There’s a lot of caring people out here,” mentioned Silver. “We’re all here to help her out.”

The lady was taken to the hospital to be handled for her accidents. However, her situation and the extent of her accidents are nonetheless unknown. 

The FWC believes they’ve eliminated the gator answerable for this assault.

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