Florida man survives alligator attack while walking dog

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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WPTV/CNN) — A Flordia man is recovering after he was bitten on the leg by an 8-foot alligator while walking his dog over the weekend, authorities say.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Mark Johnson, 61, was attacked near a canal in a Port St. Lucie development around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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“I kind of slide and my foot is stuck in the mud, and the next thing I know, I see the lunge,” Johnson said. “He starts clamping down pretty tight and he started to pull, and the next thing I do, I instantly, here’s my fingers, I poke through the eye.”

Johnson said the gator was trying to drag him under the water, spinning while clamping down on the victim’s leg.

“This gator was coming in fast. He was aggressive,” Johnson said. “My foot was hanging out of the corner of his mouth.”

Johnson said that after he poked the gator in the eye, it let go of his leg and took off.

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