COPELAND (CBS4) – A 90-year old southwest Florida woman is in critical condition after she was attacked by an alligator.
Florida wildlife officials said Margaret Webb was walking near her home in Copeland, a small community east of Ft. Myers, on Wednesday when an 8-foot alligator lunged out of a canal. The gator clamped onto Webb’s leg and tried to drag her into the water.
Webb, however, was able to hang on long enough for a man driving by to stop and help her. That good Samaritan tried to shoot the alligator but it got away.
Webb was rushed to a local hospital where doctors were forced to amputate her leg.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers are searching for the alligator.
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