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Great-Grandma Takes One Shot, Fells Huge Gator

'Don't mess with Nana'

(Newser) - "One shot in the head and he just went under." With that, great-grandmother Judy Cochran had the makings for a pair of alligator boots, or perhaps a closet full of them. "Don't mess with Nana," says Cochran, mayor of Livingston, Texas, where she snagged a... More »

Woman Dies Trying to Save Dog From Alligator in SC

Cassandra Cline, 45, was a Hilton Head resident

(Newser) - An extremely rare alligator attack claimed the life of a 45-year-old South Carolina woman Monday. The Island Packet reports Cassandra Cline of Hilton Head Island was walking her dog in a residential area of the private Sea Pines Resort she lived in around 9:30am when the attack occurred. "... More »

Gator Forces Teen Up Tree, Then Waits, Hissing

A Florida deputy arrived and shot the alligator

(Newser) - It is a 911 call that is pure Florida: "My daughter’s stuck in a frickin’ tree and there’s gators surrounding her!" a woman tells the dispatcher. "Oh my God! Please hurry! Please hurry!" All ended well, except for the gator. As the Orlando Sentinel ... More »

Alligator on Tarmac Snags Orlando Airport Traffic

The large reptile was in no hurry

(Newser) - Most times it's bad weather or bird strikes that delay flights. This time it was an alligator . Anthony Velardi says his plane had just landed at the Orlando International Airport on Monday when he spotted the large reptile casually lumbering across the tarmac toward a pond. He posted a... More »

Woman Missing After Walking Dogs Near Gator

Trappers have spotted a 12-foot alligator in a nearby pond

(Newser) - Authorities worked Friday to capture an alligator in a Florida pond after a witness' report led police to believe the animal may have dragged a woman into the water, reports the AP . The witness told authorities he saw the woman walking two dogs and then noticed the dogs barking near... More »

Alligator Causes Fiery SC Crash That Kills 3

Fla. family died of burns after SUV caught fire

(Newser) - A Florida mother and her two young kids died in a fiery crash Monday when their SUV hit an alligator crossing a highway. Amber Stanley, 24, was driving on Interstate 95 in South Carolina around 1am when her 2011 Kia Soul struck the alligator crossing northbound lanes near the Interstate... More »

Exactly What You Don't Want to See in Your Pool

Florida wildlife officials remove 11-foot alligator

(Newser) - Florida homeowners beware: One big gator has been found splashing in a backyard swimming pool, and it took a trapper to drag it away. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office posted images of the floating gator over the weekend on Twitter, saying it measured 11 feet long. With temperatures warming,... More »

Bizarre Sight as Gators Poke Snouts Through Ice

They needed to get some air before entering brumation

(Newser) - Although North Carolina's recent bitter cold snap deterred plenty of humans from sticking their noses outdoors, a group of alligators stuck their snouts into the frost and hunkered down in the name of survival. The AP reports when the alligators at Shallotte River Swamp Park recently found themselves beneath... More »

Allie the Alaska Alligator Had to Move Out of Her Bathtub

Weird day for animal control in Wasilla

(Newser) - It was an odd day for one Alaska animal control officer who took a call about an alligator outgrowing its bathtub, the AP reports. According to KTUU, a Wasilla resident called 911 this week after realizing that the more than 4-foot-long alligator named Allie couldn't live in a tub... More »

Battle of the Jaws: Study Finds Alligators Eat Sharks

Alligator experts thought James Nifong was kidding when he asked if it was possible

(Newser) - As far as research goes, it sounds pretty intense: pumping the stomachs of 500-plus alligators—"live and alert" ones at that. It was part of James Nifong's study on whether American alligators on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts eat sharks, and the answer might surprise you: yes. The... More »

2 Charged With Harassing Wildlife for 'Gator Shotgun'

Men allegedly forced baby alligator to drink beer, blew smoke down its mouth

(Newser) - Two men in South Carolina who admitted to blowing smoke into a young alligator's mouth and pouring beer down its throat have been charged with harassing wildlife, the AP reports. State Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Kyndel McConchie said Friday that 20-year-old Joseph Floyd Jr. and 21-year-old Zachary Brown... More »

Girl, 10, Frees Herself From Gator's Jaws

Dad says she learned self-defense move at Gatorland

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl in Florida managed to avoid becoming a statistic—and a meal—when she was attacked by an alligator around twice her size. Authorities say the girl was sitting in shallow water about 10 feet from shore in the Orlando-area Lake Mary Jane on Saturday afternoon when the... More »

This Is the Strangest Animal Skirmish You'll See Today

It's horse vs. alligator, and both apparently escaped unharmed

(Newser) - It's not the first pairing that comes to mind when you think of natural enemies in the animal kingdom, but it turns out that horses apparently aren't fond of alligators. Visitors to Florida's Paynes Prairie State Park near Gainesville learned that first-hand on Wednesday. Video posted online... More »

Student Discovers Ride-Sharing With Gators Not Legal in Maine

Or keeping gators at all without a permit, as taxi passenger finds out

(Newser) - A cab driver transporting a college student in Maine discovered he had five other surprise passengers: a handful of baby alligators. Per CentralMaine.com , Frank Folsom says on Tuesday he picked up a 20-year-old IDed as Yifan Sun, a student from China who's studying at the University of Maine... More »

Florida Golfer Uses Putter to Escape Gator's Jaws

The alligator dragged Tony Aarts into a water hazard

(Newser) - A Florida golfer made the shot of his life with a putter when he used it to escape an alligator that had grabbed him by the ankle, the AP reports. Tony Aarts used his putter to jab the gator in the eyes before the alligator let him go. According to... More »

Orange Gator Baffles in SC

Nobody can quite explain the weird color

(Newser) - No one seems to know why there's an orange alligator in a pond near Charleston, South Carolina. Residents living near the pond in Hanahan say they've seen the orange or rust-colored alligator a number of times, and it's now become a viral sensation. Photos show the 4-... More »

A Tragic Attack, a Dead Man's Mockery

Tommie Woodward allegedly said 'F--- that gator!' before gator killed him

(Newser) - Tommie Woodward gained fame in his death on a July night nearly two years ago, and his family has been trying to keep people from laughing about his demise ever since. Thomas Golianopoulos writes for BuzzFeed about the tragic end to the 28-year-old's life when he jumped into a... More »

Hundreds Honor Birthday of Boy Killed by Alligator

'You'll always be Mommy's loving, sweet, baby boy'

(Newser) - The parents of the toddler who was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World in Florida say they will always remember their sweet little boy. Melissa and Matt Graves spoke to a group of several hundred people gathered at a high school football stadium Saturday to remember Lane Graves... More »

Terrifying Final Moments of Toddler Snatched by Gator Revealed

Lane Graves' father stuck his hands in the animal's mouth

(Newser) - The Orange County Sheriff's Office released a report Monday officially declaring the death of 2-year-old Lane Graves, who was grabbed by an alligator at Florida's Walt Disney World in June, an accident. The report also reveals the terrifying details of the toddler's final minutes of life: Lane,... More »

Woman Reaching for Soda Nearly Loses Hand to Alligator

When doing the Dew is a definite don't

(Newser) - A woman trying to get a soda can she dropped into the water in the Everglades had her hand nearly bitten off by an alligator, the AP reports. Kimberly Ann Sexton, 49, was trying to retrieve a Mountain Dew can she dropped on Friday when the animal attacked her hand,... More »

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