The man had to undergo surgery to repair wounds to his leg
Hearing a noise outside, a Florida man opened his front door and was attacked by an alligator. The attack happened in Daytona Beach shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4.
According to Fox News, the alligator lunged at the man, biting him on his leg. He was transported to the hospital, where he had surgery to repair the wound.
"Went outside and didn't turn the light on and just got a step outside and something grabbed me on the leg, started shaking violently," Scott Hollingsworth told wesh.com.
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At first, he thought he'd been bitten by a dog, but then realized it was an alligator.
"Six feet or seven feet," Hollingsworth said. "I really didn't get a good look at it. When I saw what it was, I stepped back in the house and closed the door. Looked down and I had a large gash in the side of my leg. I was trying to put pressure on it."
Officers later told him the alligator, which they located near the home's front entrance, measured approximately nine feet.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to the scene and called a trapper who euthanized the reptile.
An 85-year-old Florida woman was killed just last month when an alligator pulled her into the water as she was walking her dog near a pond in her retirement community in St. Lucie.