An alligator took a chunk out of a man’s leg after he mistook the deadly beast for a dog.
The frightening encounter occurred as 7ft-long reptile hid in the bushes of the garden at Warm Mineral Springs Motel in the Sarasota County area of Florida in the early hours of Thursday morning.
As the man took a stroll, and seeing something catch his eye, he stopped to look at what he thought was a “dog with a long leash”.
But he was given an almighty shock, when the alligator pounced and took a large bite of his leg, tearing some tissue away from his limb in the process.
The victim found a deputy responding to a nearby call and he was able to get the unnamed man help – he was rushed to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he was given treatment for his non-life threatening injuries.
The gator was captured and was “transferred alive to Townsend Farms”, in LaBelle, according to Adam Brown, the spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Sarasota County sheriff’s spokesman Douglas Johnson said of the 49-year-old man: “He stated the figure appeared to look like a dog with a long leash, which is why he wasn't hesitant to move out of the way.
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“That’s when the alligator bit his right leg, holding on, and pulling on his muscle/tissue. He advised he attempted to get away at that point and felt the alligator rip a chunk of his muscle/tissue off.”
Brown added: “The man was released from hospital later and expected to make a full recovery.”
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state of Florida has over 1.3 million alligators as the rise in unprovoked attacks has risen.
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