A 49-year-old man was near a hotel in the early hours when he thought he saw a dog in the bushes, but was eventually bitten on the leg by an alligator
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A man has been bitten by an alligator after mistaking a 7ft long reptile for a ‘long leash dog’.
The unnamed Florida man was near a hotel in the early hours of Thursday morning as he walked in the garden of the Warm Mineral Springs Motel in Sarasota County.
He approached what he thought was a dog on a leash in the bushes, but got the surprise of his life when it turned out to be an alligator.
Sarasota Sheriff’s Spokesman Douglas Johnson said in a statement the 49-year-old man “noticed a dark figure moving along the bushes” and believed it was a “dog with a long leash.”
However, the man quickly realized that the object he saw in the bushes was not a dog when the creature bit his leg.
Remarkably, he got away with only minor investigations when the alligator took a large bite into his muscle and ripped some tissue from his leg.
In a statement reported by NBC News, Mr Johnson added, “He was trying to escape at this point and felt the alligator rip off a piece of his muscle/tissue.”
The man was taken to the hospital where his wounds were treated, and the 7-foot-long reptile was captured and taken to a local farm, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The 49-year-old was discharged from hospital after his non-life-threatening injuries were treated.
Police added: “The victim has been discharged from hospital and is 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 increase in unprovoked attacks has increased, according to the FWC.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/man-bit-alligator-after-mistaking-27192295 Man bitten by alligator after mistaking reptile for 'long leash dog'