ALBAWABA - A Florida man Scot Hollingsworth was watching TV when he heard a bump at the door, then he opened the door, bitten on his leg by a surprising customer: An alligator ready proper outdoors his door.
"I jumped up and headed over and opened the door, stepped out while trying to reach the lights and barely got out the door and got my leg clamped on and (it) started shaking really violently," he said.
A Florida man heard a bump at his door. It was an alligator -- and it bit his leg https://t.co/1DlNtidRo9 pic.twitter.com/iODOnAtM0H— Florida Man (@FloridaMan__) March 19, 2023
He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries from the 9-foot gator.
Florida is home to a total of around 1.3 million alligators, according to the commission’s website.
The agency routinely euthanizes so-called “nuisance” gators, which are 4 feet long or more extensive and threaten people or wildlife.
KNOCK KNOCK – A Florida man was bitten on the leg by an unexpected visitor: An alligator waiting right outside his door. https://t.co/ZstvuyRSN3— NBC2 (@NBC2) March 18, 2023
The commission says relocated alligators will usually try to return to the site where they were captured and continue to create problems, so they must be euthanized or rehomed to zoos or wildlife rescues.