Police in Florida said that an alligator bit off a portion of a man’s leg after he mistaken it for a dog. New York Post.
The incident happened in North Port at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The man saw something moving in the bushes, thinking it was a dog, but when he approached it, it turned out to be a gator, according to reports.
“He stated the figure appeared to look like a dog with a long leash, which is why he wasn’t hesitant to move out of the way,” a spokesperson for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
The alligator bit the man’s right leg, tearing off a large chunk of his muscle tissue, according to the sheriff’s office, Metro reported.
Metro reported that an officer on the scene responding to a different call was able get the victim help. Paramedics then took the victim to an area hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
Another officer was able to capture the alligator before an expert trapper arrived to remove the reptile from the area, Metro reported.
“The victim has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery,”Police said.
The alligator was said to be about 7 feet long, according to The Guardian.