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  • Florida disc golfer bitten by alligator in pond

    09/11/2018 8:55:18 AM PDT · by ETL · 45 replies ^ | Sept 11, 2018 | Ryan Gaydos
    A man was bitten by an alligator while playing disc golf at a Florida park Monday, authorities said. Richard Peel, 35, was playing disc golf at Cliff Stephens Park in Clearwater when the incident occurred. He was bitten after trying to retrieve his disc from a pond, Clearwater Fire Rescue officials said. Witnesses locked arms to pull Peel to safety, Derrick Moody, who lives near the park, told FOX 13 Tampa Bay. “I guess they ran over and formed a ladder with each other and they were able to pull him out,” Moody told the station. Peel was taken to...
  • The Mystery of Lizard Breath: One-Way Air Flow May Be 270 Million Years Old

    12/12/2013 2:07:17 PM PST · by Renfield · 19 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 12-11-2913
    Air flows mostly in a one-way loop through the lungs of monitor lizards -- a breathing method shared by birds, alligators and presumably dinosaurs, according to a new University of Utah study. The findings -- published online Dec. 11 in the journal Nature -- raise the possibility this breathing pattern originated 270 million years ago, about 20 million years earlier than previously believed and 100 million years before the first birds. Why remains a mystery. "It appears to be much more common and ancient than anyone thought," says C.G. Farmer, the study's senior author and an associate professor of biology...
  • The Blonde and Alligator Shoes

    07/18/2018 8:09:53 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 7/18/18 | Unk
    How about the blonde wading in the swamp? She stealthily sneaks up on an alligator and dives on him and wrestles him to shore and throws him upside down and pins him down. She looks down, and says "Damn! This one doesn't have any shoes either!"
  • George Zimmerman charged with stalking investigator involved in Trayvon Martin documentary

    05/08/2018 9:04:07 AM PDT · by bgill · 52 replies
    FOX ^ | May 8, 2018 | Nicole Darrah
    Zimmerman, 34, allegedly stalked investigator Dennis Warren in December 2017... Warren was hired by a production company to help find people who could be interested in participating in a documentary about [Trayvon] Martin.... An investigation by the county sheriff's office earlier this year found that Warren reached out to Zimmerman in September and gave him his contact information. Zimmerman became upset that his family was contacted to possibly participate in the documentary, the documents state. He then allegedly sent the private investigator threatening texts and emails... "Anyone who [expletive] with my parents will be fed to an alligator,"
  • Alligators use bizarre – and creepy – ancient ritual to survive NC’s arctic blast

    01/09/2018 5:34:05 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 8 Jan 2018 | MARK PRICE
    A North Carolina swamp park has posted a video explaining how alligators survive in a frozen pond, and it’s both creepy and bizarre... ...The alligators seem to instinctively know when the water is about to freeze, says Howard, who is general manager of the park. They respond by sticking their nose above the surface at just the right moment, allowing the water to freeze around them.... Alligators then enter “a state of brumation, like hibernating.” Alligators can regulate their body temperature in all sorts of weather, park officials said, and can essentially remain frozen in place until the ice melts.
  • Report: Alligator seen chewing on body in Everglades

    07/07/2017 5:22:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | July 6, 2017 | Ryan DiPentima
    Footage above a plane crash in the Everglades led to a disturbing discovery on Thursday. The Federal Aviation Administration told WPLG that a Cessna 152 crashed in the Everglades about 7 miles west of Homestead with only the pilot on board.
  • 12-foot-long alligator strolls across South Carolina golf course, ignoring human onlookers

    06/04/2017 4:31:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    ABC ^ | June 3, 2017 | David Caplan
    South Carolina's Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort had a surprise visitor to its golf course this week: A 12-foot-long American alligator. Jessica Miller, the head naturalist at the Fripp Island property, posted a video of the menacing reptile on Facebook Tuesday, explaining that he "traveled down the 4th fairway of Ocean Point Golf Links at Fripp Island this evening!" Even though the gator had a "small crowd of humans" watching him, he was unphased. "He paid us no mind and had only his next pond in his sights," Miller writes.
  • See you later, alligator! Seven-foot reptile crawls out of a Louisiana storm drain [tr]

    04/18/2017 7:56:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 18, 2017 | Valerie Edwards
    A seven-foot alligator startled residents of a Louisiana town on Monday when it emerged from a storm drain behind an elementary school. Authorities said the alligator crawled from the drain following heavy rains in Jefferson Parish. The drain was located behind Marie B Riviere Elementary School, which wasn't holding class because of spring break, according to WWL.
  • Horse vs ALLIGATOR! The shocking moment a mare attacks reptile and gets BITTEN [tr]

    04/13/2017 8:15:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 13, 2017 | Stephanie Haney
    Even the animal kingdom has been a bit testy lately. The moment a seemingly unprovoked horse attacked an alligator near Gainesville, Florida was captured in footage originally shared by Krystal Berry on Wednesday and posted to Storyful. The video, which included a small crowd of horrified onlookers, quickly caught social media's attention.
  • Florida Woman Gets License to Keep Her Pet Alligator 'Rambo'

    12/21/2016 4:49:49 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 39 replies
    ABC ^ | December 21, 2016 | Avianne Tan
    After months of negotiation with state officials, a Florida woman has finally received a license allowing her to keep her pet alligator. The gentle gator named Rambo is "like a dog" and loves being petted and going for walks on a leash, according to his owner, Mary Thorn, 55, of Lakeland, Florida. Rambo is ... a local celebrity and has been the star of small shows... for a few charities and organizations... The "trained" gator has even been photographed "riding an ATV" along with her on her motorcycle, Thorn said. But earlier this year, in March, the gator garnered national...
  • Disney firefighters were warned to stop feeding alligators

    07/14/2016 6:47:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | 07/14/2016 | Sandra Pedicini
    The admonitions were in emails from employees at Reedy Creek Emergency Services. Reedy Creek is the Disney-controlled taxing district that provides government services to the theme parks and surrounding areas. The emails were obtained through a public-records request made after an alligator snatched 2-year-old Lane Graves from the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon on June 14 and drowned him while he was on vacation with family from Nebraska. The attack took place at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. After that, many tourists came forward with their own stories of alligator sightings at Disney. One employee at the resort said...
  • After gator attack, Disney makes changes in real life and fiction

    06/30/2016 8:55:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 30, 2016 | Staff
    Walt Disney World is making some changes in the wake of an alligator attack that killed a 2-year old boy at one of the company's resorts, reports CBS Miami. According to the Sun-Sentinel, "No fishing" signs have been added to areas including Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, the Fort Wilderness campground and Old Key West Resort. Beaches are now staffed by employees and are closed at night except during fireworks shows.
  • I Was Attacked by an Alligator at Disney World

    06/16/2016 12:43:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 96 replies
    Lane Graves was not the first youngster to be attacked by an alligator at Disney World. In 1986, 8-year-old Paul Santamaria was bit on the leg by a 7-foot-4 inch long female, which had been lurking in the shallows of a pond that was also located at one of the park’s famous resorts — and his parents later sued, charging the “Happiest Place on Earth” with negligence. In the suit, they claimed that Disney had failed to warn visitors about the gator,
  • Florida has a gator problem as I’ve seen with my own kids’ near misses

    06/16/2016 10:18:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 114 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2016 | Darlena Cunha
    Florida has a gator problem. The animals live and walk among us, close to us. They live in our lakes and reservoirs and swamps, and we set up our businesses and parks around them, as if nothing will ever happen.
  • South Florida officers find 2 alligators eating human body

    05/31/2016 7:06:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    NBC4i ^ | May 31, 2016
    Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle says the body found Sunday in Southwest Ranches, about 20 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, appears to have been at the location for a long time. Engle says officers were able to scare the alligators away from the body but the two lingered as officers tried to recover the body.
  • Monster alligator stuns golfers by casually strolling across Florida golf course [tr]

    05/31/2016 5:49:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 30, 2016 | Staff
    Golfers in Palmetto, Florida, could be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled off the course and into Jurassic Park at the weekend. While playing a typical Sunday game at Buffalo Creek Golf Course, Charles Helms was able to get a video of a monster alligator casually strolling across the course. The dinosaur-like gator looked even bigger when another man came into the frame to take a picture - but apparently he is quite a regular sight in the area.
  • Alligator Caught on Video Attempting to Ring Doorbell of South Carolina Home

    05/04/2016 5:14:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 3, 2016 | Avianne Tan
    An alligator was recently caught scratching at the front door of a South Carolina family's home as if it were attempting to ring the doorbell. The unusual sight was recorded on video Monday morning in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, according to ABC affiliate WCIV. A man named Gary Rogers had been walking his dog when he suddenly saw the gator casually wandering around the residential neighborhood, the station reported.
  • Florida woman fighting to keep motorcycle-riding pet alligator

    03/16/2016 9:58:19 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 73 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 16,2016
    A Florida woman was fighting Wednesday to keep her 6-foot-long clothes-wearing, motorcycle-riding pet alligator in her home. The 125-pound reptile named Rambo even has a bedroom in Mary Thorn's home in Lakeland. Thorn has had a license for the alligator for 11 years, but the gator recently grew to 6 feet. Wildlife officials say an alligator that size must have 2.5 acres of land. Thorn told the Orlando Sentinel that even if she had land available, Rambo can't be left outdoors because of sensitivity to sunlight. “Everyone will tell you that I treat that animal like a baby,” she said....
  • Florida 'PolitiFact' Shows its Bias on Gators and Guns

    03/26/2015 5:40:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A recent article by a person on a web site misnamed "PolitiFact Florida" did some interesting checking of a claim in the current debate about allowing people with concealed carry permits to carry on Florida campuses, as they do in most other places in Florida.  As part of the testimony for the bill, Florida Students for Concealed Carry made the following claim: "According to the state of Florida, you are almost twice as likely to be attacked by an alligator than by someone who happens to carry a conceal-and-carry permit." PolitiFact Florida's Amy Sherman decided to check out the...
  • 'Alligator whisperer' arrested in the Everglades

    11/06/2014 3:23:53 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | November 6, 2014 | Adrienne Cutway
    Florida man who calls himself the "Alligator Whisperer" was arrested after officials received complaints that he was swimming with and kissing gators in the Everglades, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife. FWC officials had been tracking posts on Hal Kreitman's Facebook page, where they found photos of him kissing, caressing and swimming with alligators, promising others they could do the same if they paid $250 to participate in an "Alligator Experience," KeysInfoNet reports.