Ein Mann was attacked by an alligator after falling from a bicycle in Florida, USA. The cyclist was in the Halpatiokee Regional Park in Stuart and lost control of his bike, the police said on Facebook. He fell into a body of water and was attacked by the alligator. The animal seriously injured him, but the man managed to break free. Eventually he was rescued by passers-by and taken to the hospital by helicopter.
A witness told the WPTV broadcaster that the man was holding on to roots about one and a half meters deep. He then tied the wound with a dog leash. “I hope he is fine.” The man is an experienced cyclist, the broadcaster quoted another man as saying. But he probably had problems with his tire in a corner and almost landed directly on the alligator. Alligators are particularly aggressive at this time of the year. “People hike and walk and you are in nature. Especially at this time of year you just have to be aware of what is around you. ”The incident had already occurred on Monday.
Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare, however, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. However, many people would live by the water and be increasingly active in the water. “This can lead to more frequent interactions between alligators and humans and to a greater potential for conflict.”