Elderly woman attacked by alligator in Florida

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Posted: Aug 31, 2011 6:38 PM
Elderly woman attacked by alligator in Florida

Officials say an alligator attacked and severely injured an elderly woman in southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that 90-year-old Margaret Webb was walking near her Copeland home Wednesday when the 8-foot alligator lunged out of a canal.

Officials say the animal tried to drag the woman into the water, but she was able to hang on long enough for a man driving by to stop and help her.

Officials say the woman, who lost part of her leg in the attack, was airlifted to a Fort Myers trauma center.

The agency says a trapper was sent to the area to find the alligator. If found, the reptile will be cut open in an attempt to retrieve and reattach the leg.