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Alligator Bites Man at Forever Florida Attraction

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | August 03, 2015

Alligator Bites Man at Forever Florida Attraction

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A man was transported to a Central Florida hospital for surgery last week after he was bitten by an alligator at Forever Florida, one of the Sunshine State's popular tourist attractions, Orlando's WKMG reported.

The attack occurred Tuesday when 46-year-old Sergio Hernandez was working to remove hyacinths in a pond on the property. Citing officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, WKMG reported the alligator bit the Forever Florida employee in the left thigh, taking a "chunk" out of Hernandez's leg.

Hernandez was taken to nearby Holmes Regional Medical Center for surgery, however his current status remains unreported.

Trappers arrived at the attraction shortly after the attack, removing a pair of alligators — one measuring 11 feet and the other eight and a half feet — from the pond. The alligator in question wasn't under the care of Forever Florida, per WKMG. 

Ranked as the third-top thing to do in Saint Cloud, Florida, according to TripAdvisor, Forever Florida is known for its ziplines, wildlife tours and camping. 

"This very special place encompasses 9 distinct ecosystems and is pristinely preserved just as nature intended," states Forever Florida's official website. "Guests experience natural streams, forests, pastures, wetlands and learn about the wide array of Forever Florida's wildlife including alligators, black bears, white-tail deer and the endangered Florida panther."

Forever Florida is located roughly an hour southeast of Orlando.

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