Woman attacked by alligator while trying to save her dog, reports say

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BOCA RATON — A Boca Raton woman and her dog, Nalu, are still recovering a month after a nightly routine turned into an unexpected encounter with an alligator at the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, reports say.

On Aug. 24, Suzan Marciano, 74, was walking her golden retriever mix and let Nalu off the leash, WPLG-Ch. 10 reported. A 6-foot alligator emerged and attacked the dog. Without thinking, Marciano jumped onto the alligator in a desperate effort to rescue Nalu, she told the The Palm Beach Post.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers said they were not able to find the animal after the incident, according to Local10, or determine where in the West Boca park the attack happened.

Marciano and Nalu both ended up with stitches and are slowly recovering, the Post reported.

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