Florida alligator that ate US woman, 41, revealed in grim new police bodycam footage

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Horrifying bodycam footage shows a bloated 14ft alligator with the body of a 41-year-old mom in its stomach.
Horrifying bodycam footage shows a bloated 14ft alligator with the body of a 41-year-old mom in its stomach. Credit: FOX13/FOX13

US law enforcement footage has revealed the true horror of an alligator attack in Florida that left a 41-year-old woman dead.

The bodycam footage, released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to Fox 13, showed first responders arriving at the grim scene in September last year.

A bystander raised the alarm after seeing the 4.3m gator with what appeared to be body parts in its mouth at a canal in Largo.

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“I noticed it had a body in its mouth, like a lower torso, so once I saw that, I ran straight to the fire department and got them, they confirmed it was a body,” Jamarcus Bullard told Fox 13.

The victim was later identified as homeless woman Sabrina Peckham, who had been staying at a campsite just over 15m away from the canal where the massive reptile was found.

The animal was shot dead by police with a rifle before it was hauled out of the waterway and cut open to retrieve Peckham’s remains.

The police bodycam video shows the huge gator surrounded by police moments after it was shot to death.

Its stomach is visibly swollen with Peckham inside.

Horrifying bodycam footage shows a bloated 14ft alligator with the body of a 41-year-old mom in its stomach. Sabrina Peckham was eaten by the alligator after being dragged by the beast into a canal in Clearwater. Peckham was unhoused at the time and had been staying at an encampment close to where the alligator was located and killed. New footage from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows the aftermath of the deadly attack. Video shows the huge gator surrounded by police moments after it was shot to death. Its stomach is visibly swollen with Peckham inside.
Horrifying bodycam footage shows the bloated 4.3m alligator with the body of a 41-year-old woman in its stomach. Credit: FOX13/FOX13
Horrifying bodycam footage shows a bloated 14ft alligator with the body of a 41-year-old mom in its stomach. Sabrina Peckham was eaten by the alligator after being dragged by the beast into a canal in Clearwater. Peckham was unhoused at the time and had been staying at an encampment close to where the alligator was located and killed. New footage from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows the aftermath of the deadly attack. Video shows the huge gator surrounded by police moments after it was shot to death. Its stomach is visibly swollen with Peckham inside.
Sabrina Peckham was eaten by the alligator after being dragged by the beast into a canal in Florida. Credit: FOX13/FOX13

Fatal encounters between people and alligators are relatively rare, compared to encounters between crocodiles and humans in Australia.

Peckham is just the third person to be killed in Florida’s Pinellas County in the last 50 years, the FWC states.

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