Alligator bites off teenager's arm in Florida

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Alligator bites off teenager's arm in FloridaPA


A teenager has had his arm bitten off by an alligator in Florida.

Kaleb Langdale, 17, reportedly "offered" the limb in a bid to save his life.

Mr Langdale was swimming in the Caloosahatchee River when the alligator attacked.

According to the Guardian, friend Matt Baker told local news channel NBC2: "It ended up being about a 10-and-a-half-foot gator who came straight at him.

"It came at him and he put his arm in the way instead of letting it get to his body. It took his arm and him under."

Langdale's sister Rebecca told news-press.com that her brother had attempted to fight off the alligator by grabbing its chin. The move momentarily worked, but the alligator attacked again, grabbing his arm.

Rebecca said: "He knew once it grabbed his arm, he was going to lose it. So he put both feet on the alligator's head and pushed and pretty much took his own arm off before the alligator could."

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino told the Telegraph: "We found the alligator that was responsible.

"We were able to kill the alligator and dissect the alligator, remove the arm and transport the arm to the hospital to see if the doctors could reattach the limb."

Langdale was rushed to Fort Myers hospital and friends said that, although his arm could not be reattached, he was in "good spirits".

Just last month, an Everglades airboat captain had his hand bitten off by an alligator - in front of tourists he was driving around.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the victim was a 63-year-old man called Wallace Weatherholt, who worked for Captain Doug's Everglades Tours.

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