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Monday, May 15, 2006

If it wasn't for

opposable thumbs and firearms we wouldn't be the top of the food chain. From the fine folks at CNN:

Alligators blamed for 2 more deaths
Three attacks in a week in separate Florida counties
Monday, May 15, 2006; Posted: 2:20 a.m. EDT (06:20 GMT)

MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- The bodies of two women, both apparently killed by alligators, were found Sunday less than a week after a similar death in Florida, where there have been just 17 confirmed fatal attacks by the animals in the previous 58 years.

A 23-year-old woman staying at a secluded cabin near Lake George was attacked at a lakeside recreation area while snorkeling, said Marion County Fire-Rescue Capt. Joe Amigliore. The lake is about 50 miles southeast of Gainesville.

"The people she was staying with came around and found her inside the gator's mouth," Amigliore said. "They jumped into the water and somehow pulled her out of the gator's mouth."
Annemarie Campbell, of Paris, Tennessee, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her stepfather, who had tried to help her, was treated on the scene for a hand injury, said Amigliore.

In Pinellas County, the death of another woman, whose body was found early Sunday in a canal 20 miles north of St. Petersburg, also was blamed on an alligator, authorities said.
Judy W. Cooper's body had been in the water for about three days, authorities said.

The 43-year-old Dunedin woman suffered bites that were consistent with an alligator, which "did play some part in the victim's death," according to a preliminary autopsy. The cause of death was pending and the medical examiner's final report will not be released for at least four weeks, the sheriff's office said.

"We don't know the condition she was in when this happened," said state wildlife spokesman Gary Morse. It was not immediately known why Cooper was in the area, where wildlife officials said alligators are frequently spotted. Authorities were baiting traps in their searches for both alligators Sunday.

On Wednesday, construction workers found the dismembered body of a Florida Atlantic University student in a canal near Fort Lauderdale. A medical examiner concluded that the 28-year-old woman was attacked near the canal bank and dragged into the water.

On Saturday, wildlife officers captured a 9-foot, 6-inch alligator in Sunrise that they believe fatally attacked the student, Yovy Suarez Jimenez, while she was out jogging. (Full Story)
Suarez's death was the 18th confirmed fatal alligator attack in Florida since 1948. Nine other previous deaths are unconfirmed, mainly because it was not clear whether the person was already dead when the alligator attacked.

What provoked the attacks in three separate Florida counties was unknown, but state wildlife officials said alligators are generally on the move looking for mates and food this time of year.
"As the weather heats up, the alligators' metabolism increases and they have to eat more," Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Willie Puz said Sunday. "They might be moving more, but that just shouldn't mean increased alligator attacks."

Florida residents are warned not to swim in heavily vegetated areas, feed wildlife or walk pets near the water, especially between dusk and dawn, when alligators are more active, Morse said.

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Seriously why would someone go snorkeling in water where there was even a chance a gator would be around. As for the other two women getting eaten they just won the unlucky lottery. In case you didn't know alligator and crocodiles are my favorite animals because let's face it they are animals to the highest degree.

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