Alligator attacks on humans, statistics tell us, are extremely rare. The Florida Wildlife Commission tells us that the chances of an unprovoked attack are about 1 in 3.2 million — comforting unless you’re the one. A Florida woman walking her dogs apparently just got eaten by an alligator. Her arm was found inside the alligator’s digestive system during a necropsy.
Years ago Jerry and I owned a condo in Engelwood, Florida — west coast, nearest big city Tampa. The condo development wasn’t right on the ocean, but it had various lagoons and lakes and an outlet to the sea. There were signs on all the docks saying not to put your feet in the water. Sure enough, at one point a child being dangled in the water by his oblivious parents was attacked.
We rented the condo out for most of January through March, and I always wondered how responsible we were for emphasizing the message not to put your feet — or your toddler — in the water. Heck of a message when you’re talking to prospective renters, as in “oh by the way…”.
We never had an incident, but I knew I’d feel terrible if one of our renters was the one in 3.2 million.