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article imageFlorida alligator caught eating a human corpse, again

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 11, 2016 in Odd News
Only eight days after two alligators were found chomping on the corpse of a dead male in South Florida, one gator in the central part of the state was discovered doing the same thing to another dead person.
Gator eats dead man off-shore
In each case it was a dead male being eaten. In the most recent incident, last Tuesday, police scared the creature away from the grisly scene and recovered what was left of the badly-chewed up corpse. In both instances, on May 30 in South Florida and then more recently in central Florida, it's unknown if the dead died in the jaws of the alligators or from another cause and the gators simply stumbled upon a ready meal.
Tests are being done to determine the cause of death of each of the men. The man found dead Tuesday was identified as 72-year-old Richard Zachary Taylor; the identity of the man in the first incident has yet to be released.
At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday Lakeland, Florida police received a call from a citizen who'd been walking on the shores of Lake Hunter who said he was watching an alligator with a corpse in its teeth 30 meters offshore. The lake is unprotected and any of the 10 alligators believed to be in Lake Hunter can wander up to the beach whenever they please.
"Uniform patrol officers responded to the scene and observed what appeared to be a body in the alligator’s mouth just off of the shoreline at Lake Hunter Drive and Cresap Avenue," a police statement said. "Thoe alligator let go of the body and swam off, circulating the area for approximately one hour."
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sent officers and a trapper to the scene at Lake Hunter. The trapper hunted and killed an alligator but initially they were not certain if it was the guilty gator. However, after examining the contents of the creature's stomach they determined they had indeed killed the one they'd intended to.
Police said it appears Taylor's body was in the water for as many as 3 days. They don't know if he drowned and was then eaten or if the gator got him while alive. On Saturday a backpack had been found on a ramp at the lake with a shirt and pants in the water. At that time police said an "aggressive alligator" was reported in the vicinity.
Death near Florida Everglades
The other incident took place in a canal in the town of Davie on the edge of the Florida Everglades. Two fisherman happened upon 2 alligators eating a dead male and it took hours for police and a trapper to kill the powerful reptiles and recover the human remains.
Davie Police said what was left of that man's body was bloated and had been in the water a long time. It is possible the victims could have died elsewhere and were then dumped into waterways. There is no indication the two cases are connected.
Other recent incidents involving alligators and people include 2 in which alligators walked across golf courses in Florida and two unrelated instances, 90 miles apart in North Carolina, in which homeowners had alligators wander up to their front doorstep.
In February a man in Royal Palm Beach, Florida was arrested for throwing an alligator through the window of a fast food restaurant; the man's mother said her son was pranking a friend.
Last December in Florida, 22-year-old Matthew Riggins was killed by a gator and partially consumed; he was wanted in connection to a burglary and police believe he may died while hiding out from them.
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