Teenage Swimmer Gets Forearm Eaten Off By Alligator In (Where Else?) Florida (Pics)
There are lots of things you don’t want to do in Florida, and most of them involve alligators.
For example, don’t take your small dog for a walk in a state park. Don’t try to retrieve your golf ball when it’s gone into a water hazard, even if you think it is right by the edge. And, most importantly, don’t go swimming in rivers or lakes.
Unfortunately for 17-year-old Kaleb Langdale, he learned this last lesson the hard way.
On Tuesday, Langdale and some friends were swimming in the Caloosahatchee River, just west of Lake Okeechobee—yes those are real places—when a 12-foot gator decided the teen would make a tasty snack.
According to one of Langdale’s friends, “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.” And according to another friend, when he popped back up a short time later, “he was waving saying, ‘Call the paramedics! My arm is gone!'”
Sure enough, poor Kaleb was missing his right arm below the elbow.
Local wildlife officials hunted the aggressive gator down, killed it, and retrieved the boy’s forearm. But unfortunately, doctors were unable to reattach it.
Here’s a photo of the capture:
And here’s a photo of the dead arm-eating predator:
Despite his horrifying ordeal, friends say that Langdale is actually in pretty good spirits (probably because he’s just thankful to be alive).
Hat Tip – [CBC]