Gator Bites Golfer Chasing Wayward Ball

A golf ball only costs a couple bucks, but many golfers just hate to lose one. Count Bruce Burger among them. He knocked his ball into a pond in Venice, Fla. He reached in to get the ball, despite the sign reading: "Beware of Alligator." That's when an 11-foot gator latched onto his arm. Fortunately, the reptile wasn't that persistent. Burger used his free arm to whack the gator until it released him.

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A golf ball only costs a couple bucks, but many golfers just hate to lose one -and count Bruce Burger among them. He knocked his ball into a pond in Venice, Florida. He reached in to get the ball, despite the sign reading: Beware of alligator. And that's when an 11-foot gator latched onto his arm. Fortunately, the reptile wasn't that persistent. Burger used his free arm to whack the gator until it released him.

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