Florida man gets a nasty shock after a 9-FOOT alligator sneaks up to his front door at night and attacks him when he opens it
- Scot Hollingsworth was attacked by an alligator outside his home on March 4
- The gator knocked on his door at night before taking a piece from his thigh
- He was taken to hospital in stable condition and the alligator was euthanized
A Florida man was caught off guard when he opened his front door and was greeted by a vicious alligator that took a bite out of his thigh.
Scot Hollingsworth was watching television with his wife at their Daytona Beach home when they heard a soft knock on the door on March 4.
Hollingsworth recalled getting up to check the sound, and when he opened the door, something “violent” felt a grip on him before he could turn on the light.
‘[I] barely came out the door and got my leg clamped and [it] started shaking very violently,” Hollingsworth told Click Orlando. “It happened so fast… It was just a total surprise and shock.”
Scot Hollingsworth was caught off guard when he opened his front door and was greeted by a vicious gator who took a bite out of his thigh on March 4
The gator crashed into Hollingsworth’s door at night. The homeowner said he often sees crocodiles behind his house, but ignores them
Hollingsworth was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and showed the news outlet the extent of his wound.
“I guess I surprised the gator as much as he surprised me,” Hollingsworth said.
He added that alligators often appear behind his house, but he always keeps his distance.
Meanwhile, the alligator didn’t have the same happy ending and was later euthanized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The gator was labeled a “nuisance” by the FWC because it was “at least four feet tall and believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property.”
According to the FWC, Florida has a surplus of alligators with about 1.3 million in the Sunshine State.
While the FWC can move alligators, the reptiles have been known to return to where they were caught and wreak havoc.
Hollingsworth was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and showed the news outlet the extent of his wound
The alligator did not have the same happy ending and was later euthanized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
An alligator expert from the Environmental Education Awareness Research Support and Services warned that the alligator’s location would likely be one of many in Florida as rainfall continues and seasons change.
“They’re just more active at this time of year, and you start to see more human conflict with them intersecting. The more houses that get built, the more things that happen, the more you see them walking around doing things,” he said. Frank Robb at the news center.
About 20 alligators were euthanized last year, the news outlet reported.