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April 13, 2010 | By Walter Pacheco and Gary Taylor
An 11-year-old girl was being treated Tuesday for insect bites and dehydration in a Florida hospital after spending four days in alligator-infested woods and swampland. Rescuers and other law enforcement officials carried Nadia Bloom out of the woods in a sling more than three hours after rescuer James King called 911 to report he had found her. King, 44, of Orlando, Fla., was a volunteer searcher who is a member of Metro Church, where the child's family worships. "I didn't all of a sudden see her," King said.
January 24, 2010 | By Jeannette Rivera-Lyles
A 12-foot green anaconda has been captured at a Florida park, where it apparently had been feasting on waterfowl for months. The giant snake, a native of the Amazon, was spotted and captured Jan. 13 at East Lake Fish Camp by an Osceola County sheriff's mounted patrol unit. Toni Englert, who keeps horses at the park's stable, witnessed the capture. "The officers called me over and said, 'Toni, I think we know what happened to the ducks,' " Englert said. Englert had pointed out to deputies, who train at the park, that the ducks and geese were disappearing.
October 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Officials said an alligator bit off part of a golfer's arm as the man leaned over to pick up a ball at a private course. The man, who is in his 70s, was retrieving a ball from a pond when the 10-foot alligator bit him at Ocean Creek Golf Course in Myrtle Beach. The gator pulled the golfer into the pond and ripped off his arm in the struggle. The golfer's partners were able to free him. Wildlife workers killed the alligator and retrieved the arm in hopes that it might be reattached.
March 29, 2009 | Hugo Martin
As my airliner approached George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, the pilot declared the weather in southeastern Texas sunny, warm and mild. Great, I thought, blue skies and gentle breezes. Just my luck. My final destination was High Island, about 80 miles southeast of Houston on the Gulf Coast. This mound of trees and shrubs, only a mile in diameter, has a reputation as one of the country's top birding sites. As an occasional bird watcher, I was drawn here by this reputation.
August 23, 2008 | Francisco Vara-Orta
Animal control officers from the city Department of Animal Services went to a North Hollywood residence this week and found an adult 5-foot, 6-inch-long male alligator named Ziggy. The owner, whose name was not released, surrendered the alligator without incident. Animal Services had gone to the residence because of a referral call from the Los Angeles Police Department. "The alligator appears to be in good health, thankfully," said Kathy Davis, assistant general manager of Animal Services.
November 22, 2007 | Brad Dickson, Brad Dickson is a former writer for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and the coauthor of "Race You to the Fountain of Youth."
Los Angeles has given me many reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving. * I am thankful I live in a city where the penalty for smoking in public is increasingly as harsh as the penalty for committing murder. * I am thankful Los Angeles County officials finally corralled Reggie the alligator, and I hope that one day the federal government devotes half as many resources to capturing Osama bin Laden.
September 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
A 59-year-old man's arm was bitten off by an alligator as he snorkeled in a lake, and doctors were unable to reattach it. The wounded man stumbled into a party of picnickers. Five nurses at the gathering put ice on his wound and kept him awake until paramedics arrived. His arm was retrieved from the alligator's belly after wildlife officers shot the animal.
June 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who lost his ball in a golf course pond could have lost a limb when an alligator latched on to his arm and pulled him into the water, authorities said in Venice. Bruce Burger, 50, was trying to retrieve his ball from a pond on the sixth hole at the Lake Venice Golf Club despite a sign that said "Beware of Alligator." After the gator grabbed him, Burger struck the reptile with his other arm until it let go. He was not seriously hurt.
May 29, 2007 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Ga. -- They are a brave and seasoned lot, these firefighters who have swarmed to the Georgia swamp to extinguish its raging wildfires. But even for them, the "dreaded Okefenokee" -- as an old B-movie poster put it -- presents novel sources of fear. The most obvious of them slither quietly through the bogs and bask on the parched peat, all teeth and fearful symmetry.
May 25, 2007 | Steve Hymon and Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writers
A 6 1/2 -foot alligator believed to be Reggie -- the elusive reptile that has been the subject of a closely chronicled "gator watch" since being illegally let loose in 2005 -- was captured and subdued by city workers Thursday afternoon on dry land beside Lake Machado in Harbor City. The creature, after being wrestled down and tied to a gurney, was whisked off to the Los Angeles Zoo for a brief physical and quarantine for 30 to 90 days. The Reggie adventure was capped by an almost O.J.
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