Animal attacks against humans are nothing out of the norm. It seems that nature and humanity just do not mix well sometimes, or it just might mean that people can be mighty tasty. Personally, I give nature as wide a berth as I can. Why risk it, right? Well, for 75-year-old Albert Miller of Florida, it's safe to say that his opinion of nature may mirror mine after being attacked by a nine foot alligator while golfing.
Miller was golfing last Wednesday at Lake Ashton Golf and Country Club, when on the 15th green he hit his ball near the edge of a pond. After looking for it, he turned to walk away when the nine foot gator lunged at him from under the water and snagged Miller by his left knee.
Luckily, two of his golfing partners were near by. With their help, Miller was eventually freed, literally from the jaws of death.
"He let me go," Miller told the Ledger newspaper in Lakeland. "I was three feet from my life. He had me submerged up to my belt buckle. That was my miracle of the month."
Miller didn't escape the incident unscathed. He suffered wounds that required 35-40 stitches to close.
"He lifted me up three feet and slammed me down," Miller said. "It was excruciating to say the least."
Trappers were called in to capture and remove the alligator. They found it as well as a second six foot one in the pond.
In the end, Miller walked away from this incident scarred, yet alive. He also walks away with a large desire to never see anything related to alligators ever again.
"You'll never get me to look at a gator, touch a gator or eat a gator." Miller said.
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