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Florida alligator found with human body in its mouth

Logan Riely

For the second time in two weeks, a Florida alligator was found chomping on a corpse.

The Lakeland Police Department responded to reports of a gator holding a human body in its mouth on Tuesday afternoon, the Lakeland Ledger reported. The gator eventually let go of the body, whose identity is unknown.

Lakeland Police Sgt. Gary Gross told the Ledger that due to the condition of the body, it had most likely been in the water for at least a day.

About a week ago, two alligators were found feasting on a body in a canal on the edge of the Everglades in Broward County. Two fisherman told Davie police they saw a body in a canal along U.S. 27 in Southwest Ranches on Memorial Day.

The body, police determined, had also been in the water for some time due to the level of decomposition. The identity of the body has not been released yet.

In both instances, officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission lured the alligators away from the crime scenes.

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