Category Archive 'Alligator'
08 May 2020
The Independent has new details on the recent South Carolina alligator victim’s final moments.
A woman was killed by an alligator as she attempted to touch the animal after spotting it in a nearby pond, authorities said.
Cynthia Covert, 58, was at her friendâ€™s home on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, painting her nails. According to the police report, the friend said Ms Covert was â€œvery talkative and strangeâ€.
â€œAt the salon Covert acts very professional but today she was very relaxed and excited that her boyfriend was coming from Tennessee to visit,â€ the friend added, The Post and Courier reported. Ms Covert had one glass of wine during the interaction but the friend did not know if she was on other substances.
After doing the womanâ€™s nails, Ms Covert reportedly spotted the alligator in the pond and was â€œfascinatedâ€ by the animal.
Ms Covert walked over to the pond and started taking pictures of the animal, at which point the friend warned about how she saw a deer getting attacked by the alligator at that same location, deputies said.
â€œI donâ€™t look like a deer.â€ Ms Covert responded before she reportedly reached out to touch the animal.
It then attacked and grabbed the womanâ€™s leg, pulling her into the water.
â€œI guess I wonâ€™t do this again,â€ Ms Covert was heard saying after the alligator grabbed her, according to the police report.
04 May 2020
CBS News also has a video, explaining that the woman tried to stop the alligator from taking her dog. It attacked her instead.
Deputies in South Carolina shot and killed an alligator that fatally attacked a woman on Friday, authorities said. CBS affiliate WCSC-TV reports that the coroner identified the victim as Cynthia Covert, 58, of Johns Island.
The officers were called to a pond on Kiawah Island around 5 p.m. and saw the animal attack, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said. Covert was found dead and deputies retrieved the alligator’s carcass to help with the investigation.
10 Oct 2019
The NY Post reports that, these days, you can’t even try to get an alligator drunk without getting arrested and fined.
A Florida man was reportedly arrested for trying to get an alligator drunk after his pal captured the reptile.
Timothy Kepke, 27, of Hobe Sound allegedly fed some beer to the animal, which also bit him, on Aug. 26 in Palm City, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report obtained by TC Palm.
Moments earlier, Kepke told police, Noah Osborne, 22, caught the gator with his bare hands, the report said.
Kepke told authorities he had consumed a few beers that day, but claimed he wasnâ€™t intoxicated during the incident.
After the beer feeding, which was recorded, the duo released the animal back into the wild, Kepke told officers.
Authorities obtained the video, though itâ€™s unclear how, and on Sept. 17 confronted Kepke at his home, where he copped to the crime.
27 Jun 2019
PA Home Page:
A possible alligator is captured near Altoona.
Blair County crews were busy trying to capture the elusive reptile. Crews tried to snag the scaly creature for about an hour before finally wrangling it.
Theyâ€™re not sure yet if the three-foot reptile is an alligator or caiman. It was taken to a Wildlife Care Facility while they work to determine who let it go in the wild.
Officials suspect the animal was dropped near the river by an owner.
Centre Daily Times:
Adding to the recent string of alligator sightings throughout Pennsylvania, Blair County law enforcement captured a 3-foot-long baby alligator in a creek near Tipton Township Monday night. The reptile was transported to Centre Wildlife Care in Port Matilda, where it will stay until it can be transferred elsewhere.
Centre Wildlife founder and Executive Director Robyn Graboski said law enforcement called late Monday night and asked if they could bring the gator to the wildlife rehab center.
â€œWe will work with law enforcement to find an appropriate placement for it,â€ Graboski said. â€œWe donâ€™t know yet whether or not there will be charges filed.â€ …
Graboski said the alligator cannot remain at Centre Wildlife because its facility is not equipped with the housing needed in order to sustain a proper habitat during the winter. She added that just because it is legal to keep an alligator as a pet in Pennsylvania does not mean everyone should.
Reflecting on the series of sightings â€” including three in the Pittsburgh area in a month â€” Graboski said alligators are not just showing up on their own.
â€œTheyâ€™d never survive our winters,â€ she said.
Instead, people are buying them as pets and releasing them when they become too big to care for.
17 Jun 2019
An alligator in Sugar Lake, Texas has been seen, and photographed, swimming by with a knife sticking out of his head.
Local resident Erin Weaver was quoted as saying:
â€œI feel that somebody did this on purpose.â€
09 Sep 2018
The late Tommie Woodward.
Buzzfeed reports that, just because Tommie Woodward ignored warnings and jumped into the bayou at 2 A.M., winding up killed by an alligator, his grieving family feels he should not have been made into a Darwin Awards national joke.
On the night of July 2, 2015, Tommie Woodward was doing what Tommie did on Thursday nights â€” shooting pool, playing shuffleboard, drinking beer, having a good time at Burkartâ€™s Marina, a beer and burger joint in Orange, Texas. Sometime around 2 a.m. he decided to go for a swim in the murky waters of Adams Bayou.
Michelle Wright, the bartender on duty, became concerned upon hearing Tommieâ€™s plans. A few weeks earlier, the barâ€™s owner, Allen Burkart, spotted an exceptionally large alligator patrolling the bayou. He immediately erected a â€œNo Swimmingâ€ sign, which was disregarded. The people of Orange frequently swam with the reptiles, and even nicknamed two of them Cheeto and Marshmallow. Wright pleaded with Tommie, but he was stubborn, never backed down from anyone or anything. He was going swimming. Wright returned to her bartending duties.
Tommie removed his shirt and billfold and, joined by his companion Victoria LeBlanc, tiptoed toward the water. At this point LeBlanc saw a big gator â€” maybe the same animal Burkart had encountered â€” emerge from beneath the dock. She alerted Tommie to its presence, who shouted back, â€œFuck that gator!â€ and plunged into the bayou.
Tommie was near a small island across the swamp when the gator got his arm. When LeBlanc jumped into the water to save him, he yelled for her to return to land. She obliged, then frantically ran inside for help. After dialing 911, Wright grabbed a flashlight, killed the lights to reduce the glare, and scanned the water for him. After five minutes or so â€” sheâ€™s unsure â€” Wright found him facedown near the pier. The gator quickly pulled Tommie under again. He resurfaced about 20 yards downstream, before disappearing into the darkness.
Two hours later Tommieâ€™s body was found with the left arm missing from the elbow down. His cause of death was drowning.
Tommie Woodward was the first person to die from an alligator attack in Texas since 1836. Shortly after the start of the Runaway Scrape, the mass evacuation of Texans fleeing Santa Annaâ€™s army during the Texas Revolution, an alligator killed a man identified as Mr. King in a bayou near the present-day Harris County border. Mr. King was leading his horses across water when an alligator thumped him with its tail and dragged him under. Luckily for Mr. King â€” and his friends and family â€” his death occurred before the advent of television and social media.
News of Tommie Woodwardâ€™s death went viral with articles on, among other places, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, Fox News, and Gawker; the Associated Press picked up the story; it led the local TV news, of course. The local Beaumont Enterprise published a cautionary op-ed. The comment sections were busy and typically unsympathetic. The particulars â€” an animal attack, his famous last words, according to the police report â€” provided irresistible content.
Some outlets used an image from Tommieâ€™s Facebook page of him chugging a Miller High Life while wearing a T-shirt that reads â€œClassy Motherfuckerâ€; a news anchor for KFDM, the CBS affiliate in nearby Beaumont, breathlessly noted â€œthe hundreds and thousands of pageviews and hundreds of commentsâ€ that the story generated on its website. Another circulated photo portrayed Tommie as the epitome of dudedom: grungy reddish-blonde chin strap beard, middle finger up, wearing a goofy cowboy hat, wraparound Guy Fieri shades, and a â€œThis Guy Needs a Beerâ€ shirt. On Facebook, strangers littered Tommie’s wall with comments like â€œlol rip dumbassâ€ and â€œWhat. A. Dumb. Fuck.â€ A controversial hunt for the killer gator ensued, which only compounded the attention.
Tommieâ€™s friends and family refuse to allow his final actions define the 28 years that preceded it. He loved Van Halen, Marilyn Monroe, and Ken Griffey Jr. He was good with his hands. He enjoyed assembling computers, building sandcastles with his nephew, fishing, swimming, camping, and grilling. He had an adoring big sister, a mom, a best friend, and an identical twin brother, Brian, all left to wrestle not just with grief over a freak tragedy, but also the aftermath of public humiliation. â€œI was severely pissed off at a lot of people that Iâ€™ve never met before,â€ his sister, Tabatha, says. â€œI was mad at everybody.â€
19 Apr 2017
Post and Courier:
Susie Polston had fallen asleep watching “Friends” on television. She woke in the late night to a loud intruder on the porch outside her Mount Pleasant home.
â€œSomebodyâ€™s trying to break into the house,â€ she told her family. They secluded themselves in the master bedroom and called 911. But then the racket quit. Ben Polston, 16, her son, snuck a look and started yelling, â€œOh my God, I found it! I found it!â€
Heâ€™d found it all right. In the early hours of Easter, a nearly 10-foot alligator had clambered up the back stairwell to the second story porch of their home, crunched through the aluminum screen door and made itself at home between the sofa and a swinging bench. It lay there like a plastic prank, but when they rapped on the window glass, it lifted its head.
Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.