Friday, October 9, 2009

Man Loses Arm to Golf Course Alligator

I can see a lawsuit coming on this one, as this was a private golf course. I can even see part of the paperwork, saying the "course should have taken care to make sure no 'gators were on the course." A 77-year-old golfer lost part of his arm when an alligator bit him as he leaned over to pick up his ball at a private South Carolina course.

The incident took place at Ocean Creek Golf Course. The man was retrieving his ball from a water hazard. The 10-foot alligator pulled him into the pond and performed a series of "death rolls," which is a technique crocodilians use to rip pieces off of their prey.

The victim was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina. Wildlife workers killed the alligator and performed removed the man's arm from the animal's digestive tract. Reports are that doctors attempted to re-attach the arm, but it is unclear if they managed to do so successfully.

The video below shows an example of a (small) alligator doing a death roll.

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