Huge alligator takes big 'chunk' out of man's leg at Florida attraction 

Danger: While cleaning a pond at a Florida attraction, Sergio Hernandez was attacked by one of the two alligators found later by trappers in the pond

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A monster alligator took a huge bit out of one Florida man's leg, leaving him with injuries requiring surgery.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said Robert Hernandez was removing hyacinths from a pond where he works at an Osceola County wildlife attraction when a large alligator took a huge chunk out of his leg.

Hernandez, who works at Forever Florida, an attraction known for its zip line as well as camping, horseback riding and its wildlife, was bit in the left thigh, according to WKMG.

The 46-year-old was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center for treatment. 

Trappers arrived to the scene shortly thereafter and removed two huge reptiles from the pond.

One measured 11 feet in length and the second measured 8.5 feet. 

 

Officials say the alligators weren't in Forever Florida's care, which is located about 60 miles south of Orlando in St. Cloud.

According to Forever Florida's website, their mission is to 'preserve and protect the fragile ecosystems of Florida's native wilderness and to provide a permanent protective habitat for wildlife.'

When contacted by Mail Online, a Forever Florida spokesperson would not comment about the incident. 

Frightening: The 46-year-old man had a huge 'chunk' of his left thigh taken out by one of the gators

Frightening: The 46-year-old man had a huge 'chunk' of his left thigh taken out by one of the gators

Seized: Officials say the reptiles weren't in the care of Forever Florida and removed them from the pond

Seized: Officials say the reptiles weren't in the care of Forever Florida and removed them from the pond

The file photo above shows people taking in horseback riding at the popular tourist attraction where Hernandez works

The file photo above shows people taking in horseback riding at the popular tourist attraction where Hernandez works

Besides horseback riding, Forever Florida also offers coach tours through the 4,700 acre wildlife conservation area of the park

Besides horseback riding, Forever Florida also offers coach tours through the 4,700 acre wildlife conservation area of the park

Forever Florida, which is located about 60 miles south of Orlando in St. Cloud, has a 4,700-acre eco-tourism area

Forever Florida, which is located about 60 miles south of Orlando in St. Cloud, has a 4,700-acre eco-tourism area 

Larry White
By Larry White 03/08/2015 13:46:00