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Florida woman, 74, fights off alligator to save pet dog from attack

The woman said she 'came down on the alligator with all my weight' after it bit her dog in a Florida park.

9/21/2021 5:18:00 PM

The woman said she 'came down on the alligator with all my weight' after it bit her dog in a Florida park.

The woman said she 'came down on the alligator with all my weight' after it bit her dog in a Florida park.

"I wasn't thinking," she toldThe Palm Beach Post."I did the only thing I could do. I came down on the alligator with all my weight."The alligator then released her dog before turning and biting Marciano on the hand as well.The 74-year-old said she didn't feel any pain at the time and both she and Nalu managed to get out of the water and headed back to the car.

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After being convinced by a friend to go to a hospital, Marciano's hand was soaked in iodine and she received five stitches. Nalu, on the other hand, had to have a two-hour surgery to treat puncture wounds to the stomach and thigh.Both then started recovering from the attack. According to Marciano, Nalu seemed more tired than usual and it took a few weeks for them both to return to the park.

Alligator Couldn't Be FoundAccording to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) incident report seen byThe Palm Beach Post, an officer and park ranger couldn't locate the animal following the reported attack.A spokesman told the outlet that the agency had contacted Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department to inform them of the reported bite. headtopics.com

Newsweekhas contacted the department for more details.Florida is known to be home to alligators, and the animals have inhabited the state's waters for many centuries,. Sometimes they do come into contact with humans, occasionally with serious consequences.

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