Swimmer bitten in the first known crocodile attack in the U.S.

Tuesday August 26th, 2014

A nine-foot crocodile attacked a swimmer in Coral Gables, Fla., in what police are calling the first known crocodile attack in United States history.

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Alejandro Jimenez went for a swim in the water behind his friend's house when the crocodile attacked, causing severe damage to his hand as he escaped, and leaving wounds on his shoulders, back and arms.

The crocodile also lashed out at another swimmer who was with Jimenez. She was bitten as she swam away from the reptile, according to Miami's NBC 6.

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Local wildlife officials are trying to capture the crocodile, which locals had named "Poncho," so that he can be relocated to a properly licensed zone.


-Brendan Maloy

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