Teenís arm eaten by alligator
Monday, 9 July 2012
Kaleb Longdale, 17, of Moore Haven, Florida in the US, swam with friends in the alligator-infested Caloosahatchee River.
Although it's not uncommon for children to swim in the river, it is extremely risky and discouraged by authorities for obvious reasons.
A 10-foot alligator clamped down on Kaleb’s arm and refused to let go.
Rather than struggling and risking a fight, which he knew he would lose, Kaleb allowed the animal to crush the bones in his arm.
He then pushed away from the alligator, ripping his arm off below the elbow, and waded to safety.
Wildlife officers killed the animal thereafter in the hope of recovering the limb, but doctors were unable to save the young man’s arm.
Kaleb is recovering well and reportedly in good spirits despite the horrific ordeal.