MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A 14-year-old Florida boy who was attacked by an alligator is recovering in a Tampa hospital.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the Charlotte County teen was splashing along the edge of a lake when he was attacked. The gator bit him in the hand and leg.READ MORE: 3 Children Injured In NW Miami-Dade Crash
His mother and dogs were just a few feet away.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Residents Gather To Protest Closure Of Matheson Hammock Park's West Entrance
“When you’re near or in any body of water in Florida, including sometimes saltwater, there’s a very good chance that alligators may be present, so you need to make sure that you are vigilant and keeping a 360° awareness of your surroundings,” said FWC spokesman Adam Brown.MORE NEWS: RNC Donors Gather To Hear Trump, Others In Palm Beach, The GOP's 'New Political Power Center'
Trappers were called in and they removed the 9-foot-9-inch alligatotr. It was taken to a gator farm in Glades County, it’s unclear if it will be euthanized.