Alligator lurking by shed tears off pensioners arm and drags him into water
An alligator tore off a pensioner’s arm as he waded through his shed in flood waters during a devastating attack.
The 71-year-old victim was set upon in the city of Slidell, Louisiana, the US, on Monday, August 30.
His wife heard noise from the shed and saw the alligator attacking him.
She pulled her husband on the stairs and rushed to get help.
By the time she got back, her partner was gone and is now presumed dead, WWL-TV reported.
St. Tammany Fire Protection District 1 Chief Jason Gaubert said the alligator was likely in the area because of floodwaters, according to WDSU-TV.
Cynthia Lee Sheng, president of Jefferson Parish, had earlier warned that alligators might be lurking in flood waters.
She said: “Unfortunately the worst-case scenario seems to have happened.
“This is an area that has a lot of swampland, alligators, very dangerous conditions.
“[Search and rescue crews] had to wait for the sun to come up this morning. They had a strategy.”
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Earlier this year, an eight-year-old boy was swallowed whole by a crocodile as he swam in a river with his little brother.
The child was attacked in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province on Wednesday, March 3.
His dad chased after theanimaland struck it with his bare hands, a search and rescue official said.
Locals found the six-metre crocodile on Thursday, March 4, and cut it open, the Australian Associated Press reported.
In disturbing footage, rescue workers pulled the body from the crocodile's stomach as the victim’s family looked on and wept.
The rescue official said the river is known to be a crocodile habitat.
He added: “They went to the river often to bathe and get water for cooking.”
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