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Alligator spotted carrying lifeless body down Florida canal


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A 14-foot alligator was spotted with a lifeless human body in its jaws in a Florida canal on Friday.

A witness saw the gator with a body in its jaws in a canal near a residential street in Largo, near Clearwater, Florida.

Witness JaMarcus Bullard told Spectrum Bay News 9 he was on his way to a job interview when he saw the reptile in a canal near 134th Avenue North and 121st Street North.

“I could tell there was a body in his mouth, so I started recording,” Bullard said.

Bullard called the Largo Fire Department, which was stationed nearby. As emergency personnel approached at 1:50 p.m., they spotted the alligator in the canal with the victim.

Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission dragged the gator from the water and shot it “a few times,” Bullard said.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that both the victim and the gator were dragged from the canal.

Authorities are working to identify the victim and to determine the cause of death.

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The area is near the popular Ridgecrest Park, which includes a lake known to be infested with alligators.

According to a witness, gators routinely wander the neighborhood in search of food.

“A lot of my neighbors were out here and they’re the ones that told me about the gator,” resident Jennifer Dean told News 9.

Dean said the gator was the largest she had ever encountered in the neighborhood.

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