OCALA (CBSMiami) – A woman from Florida, paddleboarding in a lagoon in Silver Springs State Park, had a frightening and potentially dangerous close encounter with a very large alligator and everything was filmed.
In several videos and photographs posted to her Facebook page, Vicky Reamy Baker of Ocala can be seen sitting on her paddle board as the alligator slowly glides through the water onto her paddle board.
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In the videos, Baker can be heard saying, “What are you doing? Get away from me, get away from me, ”as the large alligator approaches.
Finally, she said, “Oh shit, no, go away”, before pushing him back with her paddle.
But it didn’t work. It drove him crazy and hissed at Baker.
In the distance, a man can be heard saying, “Ma’am, I suggest backing up, since you just drove him pretty crazy.” “
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In another music video, she talks to the alligator, “Why are you kidding me? Why are you trying to bite me? she said. ” What is that ! “
She then says to the camera, “I’ve never had an alligator chasing me like this before. Look how close he is to me. He came after me and tried to bite my paddle board.
Eventually the alligator slowly pulls away and Baker says, “Someone fed him and made him very dangerous. He was a big boy.
There are alligators in all 67 counties of Florida and over 200,000 alligators in the Everglades.
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It’s rare for people to be seriously injured by alligators in Florida, but it does happen. Most alligators are naturally afraid of humans, but can lose that fear when people feed them, according to the Fish and Wildlife Commission.