A South Carolina girl was rescued by a neighbor Thursday morning during a violent alligator assault within the state, authorities said. The girl was walking alongside her pet when she was attacked by the eight-foot alligator.
Alligator assault on girl ends after neighbor hits creature with shovel
The girl was walking with her dog by a Hilton Head Plantation pond after 8 a.m. when she was bitten by an eight-foot-long alligator, according to a release of information from city officials in the town of Hilton Head Island.
Fireplace rescue personnel said the neighbor heard a commotion near the lagoon and located the lady within the water with the alligator “clinging to her lower leg.”
A photograph of an alligator that was included in a tweet from Hilton Head Island city municipal authorities about the assault.
The neighbor entered the lagoon and tried to drag the victim back to safety, however was unsuccessful, according to the claim. The neighbor then alerted her husband, who grabbed a shovel, hit the water and repeatedly struck the crocodile until he released the sufferer, Hilton Head Plantation officers reported.
The neighbor then known as 911.
Following the assault, the victim, of Hilton Head Island, was transported to a hospital in Savannah, Georgia, with serious leg injuries, Savannah’s WTOC-TV reported .
As for the alligator, the South Carolina Division of Pure Sources (SCDNR) arranged for it to be removed and euthanized. They plan to inspect the “contents” of the alligator to find out if it had been fed, according to spokesman David Lucas.
“When fed, alligators outgrow their sheer wariness and may begin to associate people with meals,” the statement said .
Lucas added that other details related to the assault are nonetheless being investigated. The canine was not injured, officials famous.