Everglades Airboat Captain's Hand Eaten By Gator, Later Recovered From Gator's Stomach

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Talk about an occupational hazard. An airtboat captain lost his hand to the jaws of an alligator while giving a tour of the Everglades on Tuesday. Though, officials were later able to capture the gator and retrieve the man's hand. 

The victim has not yet been publicly identified, but NBC2 says the man works for Captain Doug's Everglades Tours in Everglades City. He was giving a tour yesterday afternoon around 3:45 PM when the attack happened. 

"I was kind of freaked out about that because that's kind of weird," said Everglades City resident Sarah Goff told the news station. "You don't feed them. They can get used to that and get aggressive."

The man was transferred to a hospital in Naples. 

Officials were later able to track down the gator, and retrieved the man's hand from inside its stomach. The animal was euthanized. 

The hand was then also sent to the hospital, but its unclear at this time whether or not it can be reattached. 

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Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

It IS illegal to feed them. Obviously that didn't stop the guide.

BiteTheHand
BiteTheHand

Why isn't it illegal to feed gators?   ESPECIALLY for a reason as dumb as making money for air boats...

Vice-Queen Maria
Vice-Queen Maria

There can only be one reason why that gator was anywhere close to that man's hand.  Feel awful for him, but wildlife officers regular arrest guides who feed gators in order to create a better show for tourists.  Maybe you guys can investigate some more.

Neil's Ghost
Neil's Ghost

The gator gets killed for doing what comes naturally? Brilliant........

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