A 2-year-old Nebraska boy was dragged into the water by an alligator on 14th June night at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Bay Lake, Florida. The authorities are still searching for his body.
When the alligator attacked, the innocent boy was playing in the water at Disney’s Seven Seas Lagoon. The terrifying encounter was around 9 p.m.
According to statistics from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida is teeming with more than a million gators. Only around a dozen bites are recorded each year. Therefore, fatal alligator attacks are rare.
To avoid an encounter with a gator, wildlife experts said people must never feed them. It’s illegal in Florida to feed an alligator. Also, it is a life and death situation, so avoid the danger.
Families with young children should also be aware and to forbid them to enter the water at nighttime. Alligators’ typical food sources include birds, rodents, and other small mammals.
But, during the night, they can’t decipher the difference between their regular food and a human. Furthermore, people must be especially vigilant during nesting season, in June and July.
Ron Magill, a wildlife expert and communications director at Zoo Miami, said that it’s rare for an alligator to come out on the land and attack a human. It is important to know that they usually nest close to the water. So, if you get near a nest, a female will consider you a treat, and she will come after you. They are very protective like any mother with her babies.
If you are in this survival situation, follow the below tips coming from the wildlife experts:
If you unluckily encounter an alligator on land, run away in a straight line as fast as you can. Alligators want to defend their territory, and they will chase a human only if they feel in danger. If you stay a long time in their area, they’re going to chase you longer.
Avoid running back and forth because you are exposing yourself to attack for a longer period. It is recommended to run away in a straight direction and got out of there.
Once you’re no longer a threat, it has no interest in you.
- Fight Back
If a gator grabs hold of you, don’t give up.
Fight as hard as you can and don’t go willingly. If you are struggling and give the alligator a high resistance, the more likely it’s going to give up and let you go.
- Snap the Snout of the Reptile
Don’t try to open a gator’s jaws because they are incredibly powerful.
Your goal is to hit the animal in his most vulnerable place, like its snout.
Hit the animal on the tip of their nose because it is very sensitive. It is a great possibility to release you, and you have a better chance to survive if you give it a try.
- Jab The Gator in The Eyes
If you want to make the animal release its bite, you should gouge his eyes.
If you do that, it is a chance to make it release its bite, even for just a moment. It will allow you to get away before it attacks again and pulls you underwater.
The most important thing is to stop them from trying to turn. Their key movement is to grab the victims and start rolling to break off pieces to eat. You’ve got to hold on and fight back as hard as you can.
Try to poke your fingers in their eyes. I know it sounds easier said than done in that life and death situation, but it’s the best chance you have to survive.
These are the basic rules to follow in case an alligator attacks you. Make sure you’re well prepared, but avoid gators encounters at all costs.
Did you have any unfortunate experience with a killer alligator? Would you follow the above tips in case you have a life and death fight with such a reptile? Share your thoughts in the comments section bellow.