Animals

Florida Teen Bitten in the Head by Alligator

A couple of Seminole County teens were taking a summertime dip in their local swimming hole when one of them got bit in the head by an alligator.

Let's break that sentence down:

1.) Swimming holes are an actual thing? We thought that was only in movies or The Andy Griffith Show.

2.) GAHHH!

Two of the boys' friends, Taylor Rizza and Mark O'Shea, recounted the terrifying ordeal to WFTV.com.

Apparently they were swimming in the Little Big Econ State Forest. Rizza says his pal, 17-year-old Andrew Hudson, thought he kicked a log.

But that was no log.

In was a damned gator. And, as it is with most things and people, it didn't like being kicked. So it retaliated and bit Hudson in the head.

From WFTV:

"Did you see the size of it?" a WFTV reporter asked.

"Nine to ten feet," said O'Shea. "Just came from behind and jerked him under. He went under and started freaking out, and I saw him come halfway up to the shore. He had blood from the top of his head all the way down, and I told him to take his shorts off, put them on top of his head to stop the bleeding."

O'Shea said he ran for help at a forestry office about a half-mile away.

"They looked at me like I was crazy. I'm like, 'My friend really got bit by an alligator,'" said O'Shea.

"Did you see the size of it?" That's some good reporting! This story would've been lame if it was just, like, a four-footer or something.

Also, we're no doctors, but we're pretty sure putting swimming trunks on an open gash won't stop the bleeding.

Also, what kind of times are we living in when people don't believe a dude when he's telling them his friend got bit in the head by an alligator in the swimming hole?

The good news is, Hudson is going to be all right. Medics arrived on the scene and bandaged his wounds, but not before probably wondering why he had swim trunks on his head.

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