RICHMOND, Texas — They say it’s rude to bite the hand that feeds you, but big reptiles don’t really care about manners.
KR Smith, 88, was weeding his water-front property Tuesday afternoon when all of a sudden, an eight-foot alligator bolted out of the pond, sinking her teeth into the man.
“He called for me and I came out, and he said he had been bitten and needed to call an ambulance, so that’s what I did. It was terrible. Just terrible.” Said Shannon Smith, KR’s daughter-in-law.
The gator injured his arm and leg, but Smith is back home and recovering.
Mr. Smith had been known to feed the local alligators, which could be the reason for the attack.
“It’s against state law, it’s a Class C misdemeanor to feed wild alligators. Any time you interact with them and they imprint on humans, that’s what causes the problems. Don’t let them realize that you could be a food source.” Noted Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden, Barry Eversole.
Now the Texas wild life department is taking a closer look to make sure that the 3 confirmed alligators roaming the area don’t pose any threat to the locals.
Now there’s only been 15 reported gator attacks in Texas since the 50s- but with all of these gator incidents this year happening around the country, Eversole just wants everyone to stay safe.
“They don’t like being around us. They’re naturally fearful of us. When you interact with them- providing food or something like that- that’s when these incidents like this happen.” Expressed Eversole. He continued,
“This is all preventable if we just treat them as a wild animal and not as a pet.”
So next time you see an 8-foot-long dinosaur-like reptile, just say “See you later, alligator!” and get the heck out of there!