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Photographer Captures Footage of Gator Lunging at Him in a Metropolis Park

An alligator lunged at a photographer who was filming the beast in the identical park the place a person was killed.

Foster Thorbjornsen was strolling when he noticed the aggressive gator in Taylor Park, Seminole, Florida, lurking 20 ft from shore.

“He was the largest alligator I’ve seen within the wild, about eight to 10 toes lengthy. I finished to take close-up footage of him with my zoom lens, whereas he stared again at me with chilly darkish menacing eyes,” writes Thorbjornsen on Fb

“After I turned my gaze away from him to test my digital camera, he shortly swam to shore and charged at me, stopping when he was nearly utterly out of the water about 10 toes away from me. The timing of his cost was deliberate.”

Thorbjornsen was satisfied the prehistoric monster was stalking him, and a man was killed by an alligator in the identical park earlier this yr whereas looking for his frisbee in a lake.

“He waited for me to show and look away. It was nerve-wracking and intense. However (sic) I took solely a step or two again earlier than shortly taking extra shaky movies and footage.

“I wasn’t too anxious although, as a result of there was a steep embankment and a tree between him and me. It was solely afterward that I recalled studying a narrative a couple of man being killed by a big gator on this similar park solely two weeks in the past when he foolishly entered the water to retrieve his frisbee.”

Deadly Alligator Assault within the Identical Lake

A canine walker noticed the physique of a person floating in Taylor lake, the place Thorbjornsen filmed the aggressive gator, simply final month. The sufferer was recognized as 47-year-old Sean Thomas McGuinness.

Nonetheless, alligator trappers tracked down and eliminated an alligator from the water. The reptile was euthanized and a necropsy can be carried out to find out if it was concerned within the deadly assault.

The park is house to a disc golf course the place flying discs are thrown into baskets. Some park regulars instructed WFLA it isn’t uncommon to see folks fishing within the water for discs that went off-course, regardless of the park’s warnings that recommend mortal hazard may exist under the floor.

“This can be a park frequented by households with young children who typically go to the water’s edge. Positively not the best place for a big aggressive territorial bull gator,” provides Thorbjornsen.

Picture credit: Header photograph licensed through Depositphotos.

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