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Family in 'Unbearable Pain' After Mother Found in Gator's Jaws

Daughter says Sabrina Peckham was homeless

(Newser) - The daughter of a Florida woman found dead in an alligator's jaws says the family is going through "grief and sorrow and unbearable pain." In a Facebook post, Breauna Dorris said her mother, 41-year-old Sabrina Peckham, was part of the homeless population in a wooded area near...

For Gators on Golf Courses, Diet Is a Bit of a Challenge

Instead of crustaceans, maybe a cat, some canned corn, and a cheeseburger with fries

(Newser) - Golf courses, with their green space and ponds, have been shown to benefit wildlife when compared with other human-altered landscapes. But as Advanced Science News points out, previous studies looked at the abundance and diversity of animals on golf courses rather than the relationships between animals. Now, a new study...

Girl Scouts Escape an Approaching Alligator

Troop leader put herself between reptile and girls at Texas park

(Newser) - "I always say I would do anything for them," says Girl Scout troop leader Nichole Glenn. "Now, I definitely know I would do anything for them." Glenn put herself between a member of her troop and a huge alligator as it moved toward the girls on...

Hunters Land Gigantic Alligator
920-Pound Alligator Caught

920-Pound Alligator Caught

'I had fear like I never felt before,' Florida guide says

(Newser) - After a four-hour struggle, hunters have landed a 920-pound alligator in a Florida lake, possibly the second-largest one ever recorded in the state. The gator was more than 13 feet long, Fox News reports. "I've done probably close to a thousand alligator hunts, and I've never seen...

SC Woman Walking Dog Killed in Alligator Attack

69-year-old was attacked near golf course on Hilton Head Island, authorities say

(Newser) - A woman who was walking her dog near a golf course in South Carolina Tuesday morning was killed in what authorities believe is the county's second fatal alligator attack in less than a year. The 69-year-old woman was found unresponsive near a lagoon bordering a golf course on Hilton...

He Went Outside the Bar to Pee. A Gator Awaited

Jordan Rivera, who lost arm in alligator attack: 'It's not the end of the world'

(Newser) - For a guy who just lost part of his arm to an alligator, Jordan Rivera has a remarkably good attitude. The 23-year-old was at Banditos Bar in Port Charlotte, Florida, early Sunday when he had to use the bathroom, per WBBH . The lines for the restroom were long, however, so...

Rescued NYC Alligator Too Weak to Eat on Its Own
Rescued NYC Alligator
'Godzilla' Dies

Rescued NYC Alligator 'Godzilla' Dies

'This was a tragic case of animal abuse,' Bronx Zoo says

(Newser) - The Bronx Zoo says it was unable to save an alligator rescued from a cold lake in Brooklyn two months ago. The zoo said in a statement Friday that the 5-year-old alligator, nicknamed Godzilla, received "extensive ongoing medical treatment" and a rubber bathtub stopper she had swallowed while being...

Family of Woman Killed by Alligator Blames Pond Builder

SC retirement community, developer named in wrongful death suit

(Newser) - The family of an elderly South Carolina woman killed by an alligator in August is blaming her retirement community. Sun City Hilton Head failed to take steps to prevent alligators from making a home in the "manmade ponds and ponding basins" into which Nancy Becker fell while trimming shrubs...

Feel Like Watching a Gator Body-Slam a Python? Voila!
In Gator vs. Python,
Guess Who Wins?

In Gator vs. Python, Guess Who Wins?

Woman records body-slamming encounter in Florida Everglades, in which reptile claims victory

(Newser) - It's survival of the fittest in the Everglades, and if you're wondering who might win in a showdown between an alligator and a Burmese python, this clip recorded by Katina Boychew should put that question to rest. Per NBC2 , the Florida woman was visiting the wetlands preserve last...

Florida Man Opens Front Door, Finds Gator, Gets Attacked
Knock, Knock.
Who's There? Gator.

Knock, Knock. Who's There? Gator.

Critter at Florida man's door bites him when he opens it

(Newser) - Hearing a bump at his door Saturday night and thinking someone might be looking for his son, a Florida man got up from watching TV with his wife and went to see who was there. Unfortunately, it was a 9-foot alligator, which promptly chomped down on his leg, WKMG reports....

See If You Can Spot What Doesn't Belong in This Attic

Home inspector stumbles on alligator holed up in NC home

(Newser) - Alligators have popped up in Florida swimming pools , a Brooklyn lake , and even in a post office . North Carolina attic is a new one, in a discovery out of New Hanover County by a code compliance officer making his rounds. Per WECT , Dean Brown was inspecting a new home under...

Zoo Volunteer Allegedly Stole Baby Gator—20 Years Ago

Tewa is back home after theft was uncovered in Central Texas, authorities say

(Newser) - An alligator, stolen as an egg or hatchling from a Texas zoo two decades ago, is back in the first home she knew. The 8-foot alligator named Tewa was returned to Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo in New Braunfels on Friday, months after she was located on rural property...

85-Year-Old Walking Her Dog Is Killed by Alligator

The creature was said to be roughly 10 feet long

(Newser) - At some points, it reportedly took at least six people to wrangle an alligator that killed an elderly Florida woman on Monday, per CBS News . The 85-year-old woman was walking her dog in her Fort Pierce, Florida, retirement community when a 10-foot alligator exited the water. Spanish Lakes Fairways residents...

'Lethargic' Alligator Rescued From NYC Lake

Officials believe 4-foot animal is abandoned pet

(Newser) - A 4-foot-long alligator spotted in a lake in a New York City park Sunday was in "poor condition," officials say, which is not surprising—American alligators aren't generally found in the wild north of North Carolina and the water in Prospect Park Lake would have been far...

Gator Took His Arm, Then He Got Lost for 3 Days

Eric Merda of Florida lived to tell the tale

(Newser) - It's one thing to get lost in a Florida swamp for three days before finding your way out. It's another for that to happen after an alligator has bitten your arm off. All of the above happened to 43-year-old Eric Merda of Sarasota, reports the Herald-Tribune . In July,...

The Alligator Was Found. The Tiger, Not So Much

New Mexico authorities put out an unusual animal alert

(Newser) - An alligator, drugs, guns, and money were seized during a raid at two homes in Albuquerque last month, but New Mexico wildlife officials said Saturday they are still searching for a young tiger they believe is being illegally kept as a pet. Investigators think the tiger is with someone “...

Zoo's Wildlife Director Loses Part of Arm After Alligator Bite

'Had this been a totally wild alligator with no training, it would've been a lot worse'

(Newser) - The wildlife director of a zoo in Florida isn't planning on changing careers after losing part of one arm in his second serious alligator attack in less than 10 years. Florida Gator Gardens in Venus, 125 miles southeast of Tampa, said in a Facebook post last week that Greg...

Pennsylvania Man Has Emotional Support Alligator

WallyGator is 'super sweet-natured,' owner Joie Henney

(Newser) - Pennsylvania man Joie Henney has an unusual emotional support animal—but unlike owners of animals including peacocks and squirrels , he's not going to try to take it on a plane. WallyGator accompanies him almost everywhere, though, and sleeps in the same bed, the Washington Post reports. Wildlife experts say...

Woman Killed by Alligators in Golf Course Pond

The gators 'grabbed' 80-year-old woman, authorities say

(Newser) - An 80-year-old woman died Friday night after falling into a pond at a Florida golf course and being attacked by two alligators. The woman "struggled to stay afloat" after falling into the body of water at the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club in Sarasota County, authorities say, and...

'Tragic, Freak Accident' in SC Pond Also a Rare One

Officials say alligator yanked victim into retention pond, killed him in Myrtle Beach

(Newser) - There have been only three recorded human deaths due to alligator attacks in South Carolina, but on Friday, a fourth fatality was added to that list. In a Friday Facebook post , the Horry County Police Department reported that shortly before noon that day, a call came in to local firefighters...

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