18 Years Old Student Was Bitten by the Alligator on the School Trip
This happening is very concerning to me. I have to wonder what was that professor thinking, and did not these students ask the question "Is this safe"? I think about what if that alligator was very much bigger or hungrier.
"NEWS RELEASE At approximately 1:30 PM today, an 18-year-old female was bitten by an alligator in Everglades National Park and sustained two puncture wounds to her lower right leg. We are very grateful that her injuries were not more severe. She was on a wet hike with a college group led by her professor and had been swimming in the water.
National Park Service Rangers and Miami Dade Fire and Rescue responded and reported that the victim was calm and not experiencing much pain. The victim declined transport by ambulance or air rescue and opted for self-transport to the hospital. Park biologists say this may have been a defensive bite, which could occur if the alligator was provoked, even accidentally. While the park is a safe place to visit, we remind visitors to stay alert and exercise caution, especially around wildlife, and do not recommend swimming in the park."