Thursday, September 20, 2007

Don't snorkel in the gator hole


As if any reader of this blog needs to hear that message repeated...


Unfortunately, a 59 year old man swimming in Lake Moultrie, South Carolina was not so lucky. That's his arm that you see in the alligator's mouth. Intrepid DNR officers shot and killed the marauding gator, cut him open and retrieved the arm from his belly. Some nurses picnicking nearby gave up a cooler and some ice to preserve the limb, but ultimately doctors could not reattach the arm. You can see the entire series of photos here.


The attack has heightened fears about alligators in human recreation areas. The alligator involved in this attack was 35-40 years old, and accustomed to humans. My sources tell me that young scout gators frequently train in this area before being shipped off to crack houses on the east and west coasts.


On a positive note, the trapper who killed the alligator has offered to mount the head and offer it as a trophy to the victim. Normally he'd donate the meat to charity, but seeing as how the gator was feasting on long pig it doesn't look like anyone would want the gator meat.
Remember--CONSTANT VIGILANCE!


6 comments:

justacoolcat said...

At one time I'm sure Mr.Hedden thought an alligator pond was a great place to score dope.

Unfortunately, so did the gator.

Dino aka Katy said...

no offense but why would anyone want to snorkel in a lake that is known to harbor alligators??????????? MORON!!!!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Thanks for the reminder. I'll check my toilet for gators every time I sit down on it now.

kirby said...

Now that is one cool picture.

Bill T said...

"Intrepid DNR officers shot and killed the marauding gator, cut him open and retrieved the arm from his belly."
What domain name was he trying to register exactly? I guess the gator was tired of "server not found" errors, and served himself.

um, TGIF

Dale said...

Isn't this more a case of stupid human in an alligator recreation area?