Hollywood Alligator Wrestler Recovering from Bite: Report

The park's co-owner, Ian Tyson told the newspaper that the alligator will continue to live at the park like it has for the past 13 years without an incident.

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013  |  Updated 4:33 PM EDT
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Will Nace, a 22-year-old alligator wrestler, is recovering from one of the many surgeries he will need to repair his arm after it was bitten by an alligator in Hollywood Saturday, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Lunge, the 13-foot alligator, bit Nace's arm on Saturday during a demonstration for a private party at Native Village, which is a gator park and wildlife sanctuary in Hollywood.

During the demonstration, Nace, who has been at the park as a volunteer for about a year, was doing an act where the gator opens its mouth wide, and Nace would tap it on its nose, the newspaper reported.

However, Lunge grabbed Nace's arm and dragged him into a pond where the two spun around in a move known as the "death roll."

Another trainer jumped into the pond and tapped the alligator's head and ears until it released Nace's arm, the newspaper reported.

Nace broke his arm in two places and had deep bites across his forearm and hand, his friends told the newspaper.

The park's co-owner, Ian Tyson, told the newspaper that the alligator will continue to live at the park like it has for the past 13 years without an incident.

"Any time we step into these areas, we realize we are working with wild animals," he said."This was not an attack. It did not attack Will. We went into an area knowing he was going to do this, and he came out. It's like two boxers fighting. The loser doesn't say he got attacked. The boxer understands this time he lost."

Serge Achille, a party planner at the park, told the newspaper that the incident happened quickly.

"It was surreal. It was like your mind couldn't catch up with what was happening," Achille said. "I kept thinking it wasn't real, but it was."

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