A Florida Woman Reached For Her Drink And An Alligator Nearly Bit Her Hand Off

The woman was in critical condition on Friday night, authorities said.

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An alligator nearly severed a woman's hand in the Florida Everglades on Friday after she dipped her hand into the water to retrieve a drink, authorities said.

The 49-year-old woman was airlifted to a hospital after she was bitten at a campground in Broward County, Florida.

Authorities told reporters that she was standing on a dock when she went to pick up a can that had rolled into the water Friday evening.

When she reached into the water, the alligator bit her, nearly amputating her hand, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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People with the woman kept her from being pulled into the water and called 911, which officials said likely saved her life, according to WSVN.

The woman was taken to a hospital, where doctors were working to treat the tears and punctures on her hand.

The alligator was between 4 and 5 feet long, officials told WSVN, and a state-authorized trapper responded to take it in.



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