Gator Rips Elderly Woman's Arm Off in Central Florida

Woman in stable condition after gator attack near Orlando

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012  |  Updated 9:31 AM EDT
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Authorities say an alligator attacked an elderly woman and ripped off her arm in a central Florida canal. Neighbors describe the incident.

Authorities say an alligator attacked an elderly woman and ripped off her arm in a central Florida canal. Neighbors describe the incident.

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Authorities say an alligator attacked an elderly woman and ripped off her arm in a central Florida canal.
 
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Joy Hill says the woman was hospitalized in Orlando in stable condition.
 
The Lake County Sheriff's Office identified the woman as 84-year-old Carol Hough.
 
Hough's neighbor tells the Orlando Sentinel that he saw the Leesburg woman flailing Wednesday morning in the canal that runs behind their mobile homes. Delmas Zickefoose says he jumped into the canal and pulled Hough back to land.

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Zickefoose says Hough's entire left arm was gone but she wasn't screaming. It wasn't clear why Hough was in the water.
 
A sheriff's deputy tracked an 8-foot alligator along the canal. Hill says the reptile will be trapped and killed.

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