Orlando landscaper attacked by alligator

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  1. Colaguy

    Colaguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Alligator attacks landscaper at Orlando International Airport
    Worker suffers 4- to 5-inch laceration

    ORLANDO, Fla. —A landscaper at Orlando International Airport was attacked by an 8-foot alligator while working near a lake Wednesday.

    Philip Brian Letner, 50, was weed whacking near Cargo Road just south of the State Road 528 exit about 11 a.m. when the alligator attacked his leg.

    Another worker came to help and the alligator went back into the lake.

    Letner had a 4- to 5-inch laceration and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he got stitches.

    Airport staff caught the gator and it will be killed.
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Relax it's just grass cutting. I ran over a. 5fter last week while bushhogging around a retention pond.
  3. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    I always worry about that. We have a lot of properties we maintain on lakes and canals. I try and never turn my back on the water.
  4. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wow. We get the heat and humidity of Florida here in StL. But gators? Damn, weed wackin in Fla sucks!
  5. Colaguy

    Colaguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Poor gator was only defending his high grass:rolleyes:
  6. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    I always try to keep an eye on my surroundings when working on lakes, but sometimes you just forget.

    About seven years ago I was mowing a lawn on a large lake and regularly saw a 7.5-8' alligator patrolling the shore line. As I would get to the lakeside he would move out about 30 or 40 feet and resurface. I always kind of knew it was around, but was pretty easy to keep track of.

    But one late afternoon I got in a big hurry and was trying to get the place done. The first thing I did was go down to the shoreline to pick up some tree limbs. I never even thought about the alligator. I had my back to the lake bending over to pick the stuff up. Now remember, this is late afternoon. I saw a long shadow and a split second later a loud splash. It was sitting right there and I never saw it. The shadow was it flipping itself backwards with it's tail to head out into the lake. Scared the &*$# out of me :dizzy:
  7. bugsNbows

    bugsNbows LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Usually those little ones (less than 8 feet) don't mess with people much ... unless it's a female protecting a nest. Possibly, some of the nearby workers had been feeding it previously.
  8. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    Nesting is going on right now typically right, so I would guess stories of attacks will be on the rise for a bit.

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