A 49-year-old man was near a hotel in the early hours when he thought he saw a dog in the bushes but ended up being bitten in the leg by an alligator
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A man was bitten by an alligator after mistaking a 7ft long reptile for a ‘dog with a long leash’.
The unnamed Florida man was near a hotel in the early hours of Thursday morning as he strolled through the grounds 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 County Sheriff’s spokesman Douglas Johnson said in a statement that the 49-year-old “noticed a dark figure moving along the bushes” and believed it to be a “dog with a long leash”.
However, the man quickly realized the object he saw in the bushes was not a dog when the creature bit him in the leg.
Remarkably, he only escaped with minor demands when the alligator took a big bite out of his muscle and ripped some of the tissue from his leg.
In a statement reported by NBC News, Mr Johnson added: ‘He tried to run away at the time and felt the alligator rip off a piece of his muscle/tissue.’
The man was rushed to hospital where he was treated for his injuries 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 released from hospital after being treated for his non-life-threatening injuries.
Police added: “The victim has been released from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.”
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state of Florida has more than 1.3 million alligators, as the increase in unprovoked attacks has increased according to the FWC.