A Florida woman could not believe her eyes when she saw a massive 11-foot alligator strapped to the back of an SUV while driving on the interstate and quickly photographed the unbelievable sight.
(Video Credit: FOX 35 Orlando)
Karen Kress commented to Fox News that it must have been dead which is logical considering it is gator hunting season in Florida. It was tied to the bumper of the vehicle with a cord and was spotted over Labor Day weekend.
She was driving along I-95 in Brevard County when she photographed an alligator tied to the rear of a Chevy SUV. Kress said she was going 70 mph when she spotted the bizarre scene.
She posted the photo to Facebook and captioned it, “Spotted on I-95 yesterday. I’m accepting suggested captions….obviously this is in floriduh.”
“What a souvenir!!” one person remarked. Another cringingly wrote, “See you later, alligator.”
The monstrous gator was wrapped in rope from the tip of its scaly nose to its tail and straps secured the reptile to the rear of the Chevy SUV.
“You can see the yellow gator ‘tag’ fastened to his tail,” a man named Kevin Barfield commented referring to hunting season on gators being open in Florida.
“It was definitely real,” Kress told NBC affiliate WESH in an interview. “Some blood around the base of the tail. I have to assume it was legally hunted.”
According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, alligator hunting is legal, but there are some guidelines to follow. The legal alligator hunting season falls between Aug. 15 and Nov. 1 annually. Alligator hunting was established in 1988 in the state, due to the growing need for population control of the 1.3 million alligators that roam Florida.
Over 7,900 alligators were harvested during last year’s hunting season, according to the most recent data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission. The gators ranged in size from nearly three feet to almost 14 feet in length.
Get me an alligator 🐊 sandwich 🥪 Chaz – & make it snappy!
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The gator strapped to the SUV is interesting but encountering one in real life can result in you being put on its menu.
A Florida man survived for three days in a swamp after a gator bit off his arm while he went swimming in a lake. He admits that it was “not the smartest decision a Florida boy can make.”
Eric Merda, 43, from Sarasota, was visiting the Lake Manatee Fish Camp in Myakka City on July 17 when he somehow got tragically lost.
As he was wandering around, he decided to swim across a lake.
(Video Credit: 10 Tampa Bay)
“I look over and there’s a gator on my right-hand side,” he told 10 Tampa Bay in an interview. “She got my forearm so I grabbed her like this, she was trying to roll by.”
He was dragged by the gator underwater three times but kept fighting back. Eventually, the alligator took his arm and left.
“She snapped her head so my arm went backwards like this completely,” he recounted.
Bleeding heavily he still managed to swim to shore and yell for help even though he was in agony.
Jerry Reed’s song “Amos Moses” comes to mind?
— Less Paul more Marshall (@less_marshall) September 7, 2022
“Bones poking out, muscles, if I try to move my fingers, you could see it twitching,” he recalled.
Somehow he avoided bleeding to death. Merda allegedly walked for three days before he found someone to ask for help.
“I said a gator got me arm, he said, ‘holy smokes man!'” he claimed.
According to Fox News 13, the man who rescued him said he found the victim naked and bloodied in the swamp.
“I didn’t know if he was dead or alive when I first walked upon him,” the rescuer remarked. “And there’s nothing, no words can describe it, you know.”
“He was in a lot of pain. He was like just help, help, help. He was talking to us and everything. They cut the fence they helped him up, and he actually walked to the ambulance,” the man commented.
Merda was flown to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where doctors amputated the remnants of his arm and saved his life.
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