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Man Bit by Gator While Trying to Educate People About Alligators

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 12:44 PM

A man bitten during a gator show at the Texas Crawfish and Music Festival on Saturday afternoon is now recovering with minor injuries, and — luckily — no stitches.

"It was kind of surreal," said Will Sherrer, who had his forearm bandaged at Old Town Spring's Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Center, KTRK reported. "I mean you don't really think it's happening, and I got up, and I saw the puncture marks on my arm, and I knew I needed help."

"[The gator] didn't get my any main arteries, veins, or bones, he missed all those. With 80 teeth coming at you at once, I got pretty lucky," he added.

Sherrer, 28, has a biology degree and began an internship at the Gator Country and Rescue out of Beaumont just a few months ago. While he's learned a lot about approaching and handling the toothy reptiles, he said that mistakes can always be made.

During Saturday's event, Sherrer and another Gator Country employee were doing an educational presentation with a live alligator. Sherrer accidentally bumped the gator's leg with his foot, and the creature lunged and snapped.

"I don't have hard feelings toward the animal at all. It was natural instinct," Sherrer explained. "I look at it as my fault. I made a wrong move and touched his foot."



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