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Alligator bites off man's hand while he was swimming

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Florida wildlife officials say a 10-foot
alligator bit off a man's hand while he was swimming in a canal
with friends.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman
Gabriella Ferraro says 18-year-old Timothy Delano of Naples is
recovering at a hospital. Officials managed to catch the gator and
retrieve the hand from its stomach, and doctors may be able to
reattach the hand.
Ferraro says Delano was swimming with three friends around 9:30
p.m. Sunday when the alligator attacked.
The men swam to shore and drove to a gas station, where they
called 911. Delano was flown by helicopter to a hospital.
Wildlife officials say people should stay out of freshwater
canals and lakes this time of year because alligators are more
active, especially around dawn and dusk.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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