A 43-year-old Florida woman reportedly suffered serious injuries when a 7-foot-7-inch alligator attacked her while she was walking her dog.
The woman was strolling with her pooch near a small lake in the Pinellas County community of Palm Harbor on Tuesday night when the gator lunged at her leg, Fox 13 reported.
She was rushed to a hospital with severe injuries to her lower right leg, according to the news outlet.
Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said they were able to locate and trap the beast.
Gene Vance, who lives in the area, said he witnessed the attack.
“I was walking my dog and all the sudden I looked back and I see this lady kinda falling by the lake a little bit and apparently she was walking her dog close to the edge of the lake,” Vance told Fox 13.
“It looked like the gator tried to get the dog but she grabbed the dog really quick, but in turn she slipped down and the gator got her leg just underneath the knee… It was like one chomp and then he went back into the water,” he said.
“I’ve seen that same gator just kinda sitting out on the grass,” Vance added. “It’s a pretty big gator. Matter of fact, I’ve seen him walking a couple times so I always try to avoid being in that area, any place close to the water, because it happens.”