It happened in Utah, United States. The woman had approached the reptile to feed it when it bit her hand and dragged it into the water. Fortunately, a witness acted quickly and entered the compound to rescue her.
An employee of a reptile center in Utah, United States, is recovering after an alligator attacked her Saturday during a presentation, hitting and biting her left hand before a visitor who acted quickly jumped into the enclosure. It will help break free of those jaws.
A video - recorded by a guest at the place where a children's birthday was celebrated - shows an unidentified animal handler at the Scales & Tails Utah center, in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, talking with some adults and children about the characteristics of the alligator when it bit her hand and dragged her into the water.
Shane Richins, the owner of the reptile business, said in an interview Monday that the keeper was opening the enclosure to feed the alligator as usual. Still, this time the reptile "got a little more courageous."
Richins noted that the center typically has a strict policy for a second caregiver when employees are working with alligators. But he said that this had not been applied in recent years if the worker does not plan to enter the premises. We keep enforcing this rule when someone enters the crocodile, but of course we will strictly re-enforce it in any interaction with the crocodile.," he warned.
After dragging the keeper to her pen, the alligator began to spin around and held her jaws clenched as she struggled to free herself. One of the guests, later identified as Donnie Wiseman, yelled, "We have trouble here!" before jumping into the water and climbing onto the reptile's back. Another bystander pushed the children away as they cried, the video shows.
Wiseman managed to immobilize the alligator. The caretaker calmly instructed him and another man, Todd Christopher, to help him out of the pool. Wiseman stayed on top of the reptile until the woman was free. Then Christopher's wife, a nurse, began giving him first aid before the emergency teams arrived.
Richins said the employee had surgery and is taking antibiotics.
The West Valley City business said Sunday that it was "getting better and better."
According to its website, Scales and Tails, Utah is a family business that offers educational offerings on reptiles, birds, spiders, and scorpions.
In addition, on its website, the company praised visitors who came to the trainer's aid.
These gentlemen could live in a safe zone, like most of us. Yet, instead, he voluntarily jumped into the situation, and helped calm the alligator, Tarazu and Dum Utah said in a release. "Your help, along with the training of our staff member, saved his life and limbs," he said.