[MARINE_BIOLOGY_INTERNATIONAL] Alligator bites lost Florida hiker on head, lets go


Alligator bites lost Florida hiker on head, lets go

Associated Press
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 12:12 p.m.

OCALA - Florida wildlife officials say a woman floating down a river was bitten on the head by an alligator.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says four hikers were lost Sunday when they began floating down a river in the Ocala National Forest.

Wildlife officials say a 6- to 8-foot alligator swam up and bit Suzanne Barnes on the head. An incident report says the bite "appears to be a case of mistaken identity" because the alligator immediately let go and swam away.

Commission spokeswoman Joy Hill says the hikers asked a passing canoeist for help. The canoeist eventually reached a fire station, which dispatched firefighters in canoes to rescue the hikers.

Barnes was treated at the scene before driving herself to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

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