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Florida Man Explains Why He Wrestled Alligator for Puppy

Richard Wilbanks views 3-month-old Gunner as his own child

(Newser) - It's hard to describe the bond between human and dog, even for a guy willing to wrestle an alligator to save the puppy he'd only known for a few weeks. In viral footage, Florida's Richard Wilbanks is seen standing waist-deep in a pond before pulling up a...

Spotted in Florida: 'It Looked Like a Jurassic Park Creature'

Giant alligator spotted strolling a golf course

(Newser) - Florida is known for its alligators, but one that showed up this week on a Florida golf course is making headlines for a) strolling around during Tropical Storm Eta like it was nothing but a sun shower, and b) its jaw-dropping size, per NBC News . Video shot Wednesday at the...

Hunter Got His Deer. Second Animal Was a Surprise

Minnesota man encounters an alligator

(Newser) - A Minnesota man who was tracking a large buck on the opening weekend of deer hunting season encountered a second animal he never expected—a 3-foot alligator, per the AP . Cory Klocek was hunting Saturday on farmland in East Bethel when he took down with a shotgun what he described...

Florida Fisherman Catches 1,008-Pound Gator

Massive reptile was 13 feet long

(Newser) - A huge alligator stalked the river behind Corey Capps' Florida home for three years, as the fisherman imagined one day catching it. "Three different times in the last two months, I've been back there fishing and he's stalked me. ... So me and him, something was going to...

Artist to Purge Vision of Gator Attack by Painting It

'He had green eyes. The teeth were pearly white, no stain or anything.'

(Newser) - Mark Johnson remembers his attacker in vivid detail. "He had green eyes," he says. "The teeth were pearly white, no stain or anything." Now, the Florida artist wants to paint the perp—an 8-foot-long alligator that mauled him earlier this month. The attack in Port St....

3 Lost Humpbacks Go Where Humpbacks Shouldn't Go

At least one remains in a crocodile-infested river in Australia

(Newser) - Three humpback whales made a wrong turn in Australia and ended up in a place where whales have never been seen before: a muddy, bendy river. That's bad. A little worse is that the river is named the East Alligator River, for good reason, reports the BBC . Two of...

Kayaker's Terrifying Gator Encounter Caught on Camera

Pete Joyce has 'different appreciation' for the reptile after one flipped his kayak on NC river

(Newser) - The first 48 seconds of Pete Joyce's video showing him leisurely kayaking in North Carolina's Waccamaw River are as peaceful as can be, punctuated only by the sounds of his oar dipping into the water. Then, at 0:49, something disturbs the water near the shoreline in the...

RIP, Hitler's Alligator

Saturn was 84, lived at the Moscow Zoo

(Newser) - An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo, reports the AP . The zoo said the alligator, named Saturn, was about 84 years old when he died on Friday. According to the zoo, Saturn was born in the United States and later...

Woman Killed After Petting an Alligator

Said 'I guess I won't do this again' before getting pulled back down by gator

(Newser) - A woman attacked and killed by an alligator in a gated community in South Carolina was visiting the homeowner to do her nails and was trying to touch the animal when it grabbed her, reports the AP . After briefly getting away from the alligator Friday, Cynthia Covert, 58, stood in...

Trapper Uses Unusual Method to Get Gator Out of Pool

Paul Bedard plays with animal until it's tired out

(Newser) - A Florida animal trapper says he corralled a large alligator by playing with it until it got tired after it hopped into a residential swimming pool. Celebrity trapper Paul Bedard, who is contracted with the state's nuisance alligator program, said Thursday that he was dispatched to a house in...

Fla. Man Allegedly Offered Gator Beer —and His Own Arm

Timothy Kepke survived to face charges, officials say

(Newser) - Timothy Kepke said he'd downed a couple of beers. Perhaps that's why the Florida man offered up his arm to an alligator one night in late August, according to a report from state wildlife officials. The report, mentioning unreleased video footage, describes a friend catching the gator with...

She Took Her Dog for a Stroll. Then, an Unwelcome Encounter

The incident happened in the Sun City retirement community

(Newser) - A 68-year-old South Carolina woman was walking her dog close to home near Hilton Head Island around 10pm Monday night when things went awry: She was attacked by an alligator. The woman lives in the Sun City retirement community, which features several ponds near the woman's house, CBS News...

'Chance the Snapper' Finally Nabbed in Chicago

American alligator was likely an illegal pet

(Newser) - It took a week, but "Chance the Snapper" is finally out of Chicago's Humboldt Park Lagoon. Chicago police confirm to CNN that the 4- to 5-foot-long American alligator was caught sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning by Florida alligator expert Frank Robb. Surprisingly, Robb used a fishing...

Cops Warn About 'Meth-Gators'

'We shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do'

(Newser) - The effects of methamphetamine on alligators is not fully understood, per USA Today —though we might soon find out. Tennessee's Loretta Police Department warned people not to flush meth and other drugs over the weekend for fear of creating "meth-gators." "Ducks, Geese, and other fowl...

Gator Turns Up in Most Unlikely of Places

Officials attempting to trap reptile in popular Chicago park

(Newser) - An alligator has made a home in one of Chicago's most popular parks. A crowd gathered around Humboldt Park Lagoon on the city's West Side Tuesday as officials responded to a 911 call about a Facebook post showing an alligator in the area, reports the Chicago Tribune . A...

Yes, This Gator in Texas Has a Knife in Its Head

'I feel that somebody did this on purpose'

(Newser) - Alligators might take for granted the antibiotic properties in their blood and their tough, thick skulls, but one Texas reptile may be rethinking that attitude. CNN reports on a gator that's been spotted cruising through the waters of a lakeside Fort Bend County community, seemingly just a regular alligator...

A Cop Asked a 'Standard' Question, Got a Gator for an Answer

Woman in traffic stop pulled an alligator out of her pants, investigators say

(Newser) - Among the more routine questions a police officer might ask during a traffic stop: "Can I see your license and registration?," "Do you know how fast you were going?," and "Anything else?" A Florida woman responded to the third query Monday by making what Fox...

Crocs-Wearing Guy Jumps Into Croc Pond at Gator Farm

Yes, this story happened in Florida

(Newser) - Try saying this five times fast: A guy wearing Crocs jumped into the crocodile pond at an alligator farm. Namely, St. Augustine's Alligator Farm Zoological Park in, yes, Florida. A 23-year-old man was arrested after allegedly breaking into the park Monday night and deciding to take a swim in...

Lake Michigan Kayaker Gets a Shock

Chicago man met a 4-foot alligator on Monday

(Newser) - A kayaker hoping to reel in some salmon on Lake Michigan instead found himself face-to-snout with a 4-foot alligator on Monday. David Castaneda was fishing off Waukegan Harbor when he spotted the reptile swimming slowly with its mouth taped shut, reports the Lake County News-Sun . "I was just in...

Great-Grandma Takes One Shot, Fells Huge Gator

'Don't mess with Nana'

(Newser) - "One shot in the head and he just went under." With that, great-grandmother Judy Cochran had the makings for a pair of alligator boots, or perhaps a closet full of them. "Don't mess with Nana," says Cochran, mayor of Livingston, Texas, where she snagged a...

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