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Posted by DocCroc on March 11, 2003 at 11:12:59:
In Reply to: FL Press: Man pounds 10-foot gator with rock to free child posted by W von Papineäu on March 11, 2003 at 07:20:55:
I'm glad that the boy is alive and well, and got away with a minor injury. Unfortunely for the gator who got killed :( I blame the residences of that trailer park. They shouldn’t have fed the gators at all. They should have known it is illegal to feed wild alligators. That’s why the gator confuses the boy with food or its possible that it was being mistreated. (i.e. throwing rocks and sticks)
It’s one of the reasons why I think teenager shouldn’t have gator as a pet because gators are DANGEROUS and they are unpredictable, they can attack anytime. What if the kid is home alone and somehow the gator got out and attacked them, and no one is home to help them. If that happens, the parents get into in trouble. Why does the parents have to pay the price just because their kids thinks gators make a fun pet and will make them look cool among their friends.
Kids, think about it!! The news is a good example on how dangerous gators are. Wait until you are older enough to keep a gator and you have the right habitat to keep them.
:ST. PETERSBURG TIMES (Florida) 11 March 03 Man pounds 10-foot gator with rock to free child
:Clewiston (AP): A 6-year-old boy playing near a canal was twice pulled from an alligator's jaws by his uncle, who had to bash the 10-foot reptile with a stone to free his nephew. The boy suffered minor injuries.
:The 325-pound alligator attacked Jesse Valdez as he and his brother played Saturday beside a lake near their home in southwestern Florida.
:Jesse's uncle, Ever Barjsquas, said he heard the boy's screams and charged forward to help him when he realized what was happening. He said he grabbed the child's arm and began tugging.
:"At that moment, I didn't know fear," Barjsquas told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I was desperately grabbing for him."
:Barjsquas, 25, of Avon Park, managed to free Jesse, but the gator immediately attacked again, grabbing the boy by his right shoulder and pulling him from his uncle's grasp.
:"When that happened, I didn't think I could do anything, but in that moment I grabbed him again," Barjsquas said. "I was hitting (the alligator) on the head, struggling."
:Barjsquas grabbed a stone and hit the alligator with it until Jesse was free.
:He estimated he fought with the gator for about two minutes.
:"I just don't want to think about what would have happened if I hadn't been there," he said.
:Jesse suffered puncture wounds to his right shoulder, right thigh and back and severe bruising to his chest and back, said Capt. David Stermen of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
:He was treated for his injuries at a hospital and released Saturday.
:Barjsquas was bitten on the right hand during the struggle.
:The alligator was later trapped and killed.
:Stermen said residents in the trailer park near the canal likely were feeding the alligator.
:The alligator had heavy jowls, muscular legs and a big tail -- indicators it was well-nourished, Stermen said. And the alligator didn't hesitate to make a beeline for bait thrown out by a trapper, Stermen added.
:Officials will continue to investigate whether anyone in the trailer park fed the gator, which is a second-degree misdemeanor.