Retirement center grounds video shows the moments leading up to a fatal alligator attack in Florida. The victim is an 85-year-old woman named Gloria Serge. The horrific incident occurred on Monday as Serge walked her dog along a small waterfront area in her retirement community.
Fox News noted Serge was walking her dog near a “retention pond behind her Spanish Lakes Fairways residence in Fort Pierce, Florida, when a 700-pound alligator emerged and attached.
The disturbing video made available by Inside Edition shows an alligator stealthily approaching Serge and her dog. Initially, Serge attempted to move away as the alligator exited the water. However, the fast-moving and hungry alligator quickly snatches the dog. Viewer discretion advised.
While attempting to save her pet, the alligator lashed out and bit Serge’s feet, then tragically pulled her into the water. Serge died in the incident — her dog survived.
A frantic bystander called 911: “Please hurry! … It’s a huge gator. It’s huge, I don’t have anything to give to her.”
The call, released by the Fort Pierce Police, includes the neighbor saying, “It’s too late. Oh my God.”
The 911 operator asked for clarification: “Did the gator pull her under?”
“Yes!” the distraught neighbor exclaims.
“Alright you don’t see any of her body, nothing sticking out?” the dispatcher asked.
Somberly, the woman replied: “Nothing, she’s gone.”
The alligator has since been captured and killed by Robert Lilly, a local “gator trapper.” Lilly noted that the alligator was not easy to catch, saying “it was definitely a fight.”
“[We] snagged him on the bottom. He never surfaced. He stayed down the whole time,” Lilly added.
In response to the incident, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued this statement: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim. Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida.”
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