A swimmer was attacked and bitten in the face by an alligator in Florida.
Witnesses said the 34-year-old victim screamed after the brutal beating in Lake Thonotosassa northeast of Tampa on August 3
The man sustained a facial injury and the Hillsborough County Fire Department rushed him to the hospital.
A witness told WTVT: “It was pretty gnarly. He had a large laceration on his face and a towel was covering his wound.”
Police and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials tried to capture the animal after the attack.
Jamie Slatton, who lives in the area, told Fox13 he saw an alligator that was in hunting mode.
It is not known if this particular animal attacked the swimmer.
Florida FWC researchers have found that more than a million alligators live in the state.
The attack comes just days after teenager Briann Morr claimed she saw a massive alligator coming towards her with its jaws open.
The 13-year-old claimed she hit the animal when it tried to latch on to her.
Morr said she was swimming with friends at the Gardner boat ramp in Zolfo Springs when the animal charged at her.
She told NBC2, “I turn around because I heard something go through the water and the alligator tried to grab my foot and I kicked my foot under the water.
“I turned my head and saw his mouth opening and closing on my arm, and then I punched him.”
The teenager suffered injuries from the brutal attack and was taken to the hospital by her mother, Krystal.
Briann told NBC 2 that she’s having trouble raising her arm, but doctors believe there’s no permanent damage.
Relieved, Krystal said, “I feel lucky to have my daughter.
“Right now we would probably be planning a funeral if she wasn’t so quick to think.”
In July, 80-year-old Rose Marie Wiegand was killed by two alligators after falling into a canal near a Sarasota County golf course.
A 70-year-old man risked his life trying to save the elderly lady.
He saw her fall into the canal while playing the sixth hole at Boca Royale Golf and Country Club.
She lost her footing while weeding the club’s sloping lawn.
Wiegard was pronounced dead at the scene.
coroner dr. Russell Vega said the octogenarian died of a dislocated cervical spine and a spinal cord contusion.
Coroners ruled her death an “accident”.
One of the alligators was eight feet 10 inches long while the other measured seven feet seven inches, Florida FWC officials said.
On June 22, Gavin Cressionnie, six, was bitten by an alligator near Lake Maurepas, Louisiana.
The boy’s mother, Tiffany, told WBRZ that she heard her son scream before spotting the creature swimming behind him.
She added: “We were out there, my son suddenly screamed, something bit me, my husband lifted him out of the water not knowing what it was.
“And he said, ‘Take me on board.’ I looked over my husband’s shoulder and could see an alligator behind him.
“We live here so we look around religiously but obviously there was one out there that we didn’t see.”
Gavin had small lacerations on his heel after the bite.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5952612/alligator-attacks-swimmer-bites-face-screams/ Terrible screams are heard after an alligator attacks a swimmer and bites his face in front of onlookers