Florida man gets a nasty shock after a NINE-FOOT alligator creeps up to his front door at night and attacks him when he opens it
- Scot Hollingsworth was attacked by an alligator outside of his home on March 4
- The gator knocked on his door at night before taking a bit out of his thigh
- He was taken to the hospital in stable condition and the gator was euthanized
A Florida man was caught off guard when he opened his front door and was greeted by a vicious alligator that took a bite out of his thigh.
Scot Hollingsworth was watching television with his wife in their Daytona Beach home when they heard a slight knock on the door on March 4.
Hollingsworth recalled getting up to check on the noise, and when he opened the door felt something ‘violently’ grab onto him before he could turn on the lights.
‘[I] barely got out the door and got my leg clamped on and [it] started shaking really violently,’ Hollingsworth told Click Orlando. ‘It happened so quickly… It was just total surprise and shock.’
Scot Hollingsworth was caught off guard when he opened his front door and was greeted by a vicious alligator that took a bite out of his thigh on March 4
The gator bumped into Hollingsworth door at night. The home owner said he often sees gators behind his home but tends to ignore them
Hollingsworth was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and showed the news outlet the extent of his wound.
‘I suspect I surprised the alligator as much as he surprised me,’ Hollingsworth said.
He added alligators tend to appear often behind his home but he always keeps his distance.
Meanwhile, the alligator didn’t have the same happy ending and was later euthanized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The gator was labeled a ‘nuisance’ by the FWC because it was ‘at least 4 feet in length and believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property.’
Florida has a surplus of alligators with about 1.3 million residing in the sunshine state, according to the FWC.
While the FWC can relocate gators, the reptiles are known to return to where they were captured and wreak havoc.
Hollingsworth was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and showed the news outlet the extent of his wound
The alligator didn’t have the same happy ending and was later euthanized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
An alligator expert with the Environmental Education Awareness Research Support and Services warned the gator siting would likely be one of many in Florida as rainfall continues and seasons change.
‘They’re just more active this time of year, and you start to see more human conflict with them kind of crossing paths, the more homes that are being built, the more things that are going on, the more you see them walking around doing stuff,’ Frank Robb told the news outlet.
Last year, about 20 gators were euthanized, the news outlet reported.