Florida woman attacked by gator after falling into canal


An alligator swims along the shoreline of a canal at Holiday Park, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. A similar alligator was recently seen in a viral video being captured in a trash container by a Florida man. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Police say an alligator attacked a homeless woman who fell into a Florida canal.

St. Petersburg police say the woman was resting on a sea wall when she fell into the canal early Monday.

News outlets reported that the woman is in her 50s. She was taken to a hospital with severe injuries to her arms.

Officials say she’s in stable condition. Authorities were trying to locate the alligator on Monday morning.

Television news footage showed a large presence of officers from the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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