Mr. Joseph Cannistra in Land O’ Lakes, Florida thought his dog was hiding underneath his car yesterday morning when he bent down to grab him from under the vehicle. Instead, Mr. Cannistra was bitten by a 5-foot long American Alligator.
The American Alligator has the strongest bite of any animal currently living on earth and grows up to an average of 9-14 feet long. It was put on the Endangered Species list in the 1970’s when the population in Florida became frighteningly low. Florida now has more than two million alligators primarily located in the Everglades. However, their ability to travel long distances means they frequently turn up in public fountains, golf courses, and even private pools.
Mr. Cannistra received stitches and was released from the University Community Hospital that same day. The same can’t be said for the alligator, which was captured and euthanized by wildlife officers when they realized the animal sustained injuries.