You know that old joke about the two hunters, where the one says that he doesn't have to be able to outrun the bear, he just has to be able to outrun his buddy? That's true, apparently, with alligators, too, so always run with someone slightly slower than yourself:
MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) -- An alligator grabbed and killed a Florida woman who disappeared while jogging near a canal, a medical examiner determined Thursday.
Construction workers found the woman's dismembered body floating Wednesday in a canal in Sunrise, a northwest suburb of Fort Lauderdale.
An autopsy showed she died of bleeding and shock from alligator bites.
It doesn't look like she was just running along and the alligator came after her:
Perper said the woman, 28-year-old Yovy Suarez Jimenez, had been very close to the canal's edge when the alligator bit her, because her body showed no signs of having been dragged.
Relatives said the victim had gone jogging on Tuesday evening along a bicycle path near the canal. Wildlife officers said no one saw the attack.
"The way it happened, we just don't know," said Dani Moschella, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Ms. Moschella must not be a runner, because I think I know how it went down: the unfortunate Ms. Jimenez stepped off the path to relieve herself, and the gator got her. It's a grim way to go in any event, and my sympathies to her family.
Wildlife officers and commercial trappers were still trying to find the alligator, which was estimated to be 8 to 10 feet long, based on the woman's injuries. If captured, it will be killed, they said.
What I don't understand is why they're trying to hunt down the alligator and kill it. Will alligator capital punishment somehow deter other 'gators from eating people? "I want to eat that guy, but damned if I want them to do to me what they did to Ralph." Whatever the reasons, rest assured an alligator is going to die for this, even if it's the wrong one. Animal profiling is what it is.