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Doctors may reattach hand lost to gator

NAPLES, Fla., July 12 (UPI) -- An alligator bit off a Florida man's hand as the man swam in a canal but the hand was recovered and doctors may attempt to reattach it, officials said.

The victim, whose name was not reported, was swimming in a drainage canal near Naples, Fla., Sunday night when the 10-foot alligator attacked, The Naples Daily News reported.

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The man and two companions called 911 from a gas station and the victim was airlifted to a trauma center, the newspaper said.

A trapper caught the alligator later that night and the man's hand was found in its stomach, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro said.

Attempts would be made to reattach the hand, Ferraro said.

"Our goal is always to make a person whole again," she said.

People should be aware that any fresh water body in Florida could harbor alligators, Ferraro said, and the animals are most active at dawn and dusk.

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