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74-year-old Florida woman fights off alligator, gets bitten to save dog in Boca Raton

74-year-old Suzan Marciano was walking her golden retriever mix, Nalu, near a lake at Burt Aaronson Park west of Boca Raton on Aug. 24 when their night turned for the worst. They were both attacked by an alligator.
74-year-old Suzan Marciano was walking her golden retriever mix, Nalu, near a lake at Burt Aaronson Park west of Boca Raton on Aug. 24 when their night turned for the worst. They were both attacked by an alligator.

BOCA RATON, Fla. – For dog owners, evening walks before the sun sets are a typical part of their everyday routine, especially for those living in Florida. However, for one Florida woman, this routine has completely changed after a traumatic incident — her dog was attacked by an alligator during their evening stroll, and so was she.

According to the Palm Beach Post, 74-year-old Suzan Marciano was walking her golden retriever mix, Nalu, near a lake at Burt Aaronson Park west of Boca Raton on Aug. 24 when their night turned for the worst.

According to the report, the woman took the dog off the leash and it ran into the water when a 6-foot-long gator attacked.

Marciano fought back.

“I wasn’t thinking,” she told the Palm Beach Post. “I did the only thing I could do. I came down on the alligator with all my weight.”

Thankfully, both she and Nalu survived the attack, and are slowly making full recoveries.

Officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) say they were unable to locate the alligator after the incident. An incident report reveals that an FWC officer and a park ranger checked the area and could not determine where the alligator attack happened.


About the Author:

Nicole Lopez-Alvar is a Miami-born and raised journalist and TV personality covering South Florida and beyond for Local10.com.