By Stephen M. Lepore For Dailymail.Com
Updated: 19:10 10 Mar 2023
- The gator easily breaks through to the other side of the aluminum fence
- The video has gone viral, with over a million views on Facebook alone
- Three people have been killed by the reptiles in the past eight months in Florida
Video camera caught a terrifying moment as a huge alligator simply tore through a newly-installed metal fence at a Florida golf club.
The incident captured earlier this week comes just weeks after an 85-year-old woman was killed by a massive gator in the Sunshine State.
A local meteorologist shared the video from the gulf coast town of Placida, which has over a million views on Facebook and 50,000 likes on Instagram.
‘Check out this big guy bend the aluminum bars and plow right through it this week in Placida,’ Matt Devitt wrote. Aluminum is considered a lightweight metal, explaining how the huge gator was able to make his way through the fence so easily, Devitt explained to Fox 35.
But far flimsier materials are also used to build porch dividers intended to keep the reptiles out of people’s yards, sparking fears about what would happen if this gator was met with such an obstacle.
Video camera caught a terrifying moment this week as a huge alligator simply tore through a newly-installed metal fence at a Florida golf club
Florida gators are known to move around more in the spring time, and have been seen climbing over fences in the past, but this gator clearly wanted a more direct route.
Devitt noted that the person who originally took the video said the gator eventually fully mauled his way to the other side.
‘He knows what he’s doing…he did it before,’ ominously joked one Facebook commenter on Devitt’s post.
‘That’s why in Florida, if there’s a body of water, there’s a gator in it! Stay safe people!,’ another chimed in on Instagram.
The state is home to about 1.3million alligators and when longer than four feet, are considered a threat to humans.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission removed four of the reptiles from the gated Spanish Lakes Fairways communities’ lakes after Gloria Serge, 85, died in a brutal attack.
She was mauled to death by the 10-foot alligator named Henry when she tried to rescue her beloved dog Trooper from the beast.
Henry was later captured and euthanized, with three other reptiles subsequently captured by wildlife officials from the series of interconnected lakes and removed.
A terrified neighbor fought to try to save Gloria, calling 911 after witnessing the alligator lunching at her after stalking her for 100ft.
Her dog, Trooper, survived the attack, with the reptile being captured and euthanized after her death.
A local meteorologist shared the video from the gulf coast town of Placida, which has over a million views on Facebook and 50,000 likes on Instagram ‘Check out this big guy bend the aluminum bars and plow right through it this week in Placida,’ Matt Devitt wrote Devitt noted that the person who originally took the video said the gator eventually fully mauled his way to the other side
Judy Murray, Gloria’s neighbor, told TMZ that she saw authorities removing all of the gators from the communities’ lakes.
But she is not clear on where the alligators were being taken after their removal, with some pictures of the beasts being taped and tied up before officials moved them on.
There are five to six lakes in the community, with Judy saying that she wasn’t normally scared of the alligators.
She added that Gloria might have had a ‘senior moment’ when choosing to walk Trooper along the water – with the pup returning to live with her family.
Spanish Lakes Fairways HOA president Jay Mandelker said the gators had been removed to try and calm jittery residents’ fears.
He told TCPalm: ‘They did so to allay any concerns and to make us realize the precautions we should take with regard to wildlife, alligators in particular.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission removed all of the reptiles from the gated Spanish Lakes Fairways communities’ lakes after Gloria Serge, 85, died in a brutal attack
‘If you’re walking by a lake, a pond, anywhere in Florida, understand, this is Florida, there could be alligators, so do not walk against the edges of any pond or lake, stay a safe distance away.’
Gloria’s final moments were captured on a wildlife camera at the Spanish Lakes Fairways retirement community in Fort Pierce, Florida.
She can be seen walking along the lake with her dog when the alligator surfaces and then lurches at the pair.
The 85-year-old tried to get the dog away from the alligator’s jaws but the gator grabbed her instead and could be seen dragging her into the lake.
Her frightened neighbor Carole Thomas, 76, told Inside Edition that she tried to help the woman while on the phone with 911.
It is unclear where the alligators were being taken after their removal, with some pictures of the beasts being taped and tied up before officials moved them on Gloria Serge, 85, was walking her dog by the lake in the Spanish Lakes Fairways community in Fort Pierce, Florida on Monday when an alligator attacked her, dragging her into the water Video released later shows as Serge tried to get her dog away from the alligator’s jaws but the gator grabbed her instead and could be seen dragging her into the lake Trooper, the trooper: Pictured is the grandmother’s dog, who was being walked when the alligator attacked. He survived
She said: ‘There’s a woman in the lake. The alligator’s got her! I think she’s gone, oh my God.’
Thomas said she fetched a pole to try and pull the woman to land, but said: ‘There is no way I could have gotten to her sooner.’
She added: ‘It’s horrible for her family. It’s just horrible, horrible. And her friends, I spoke to a couple of her friends yesterday who are devastated.’
Her body was later recovered from the lake.
Local residents told Inside Edition the gator was a neighborhood fixture they called Henry.
Florida authorities are warning residents about walking their pets near the ponds in lakes in the area.
Gloria is the third victim to be killed by an alligator in Florida since last July.