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Woman loses arm in Florida alligator attack

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A woman is recovering after being attacked by an alligator that bit off her arm while she swam in a river in central Florida.

The victim was swimming in Wekiva River on Saturday with a group. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission spokeswoman Karen Parker said the victim left to swim somewhere more secluded and was attacked. The gator bit her arm off just above the elbow. Parker said doctors were not able to reattach it because too much time had passed.

WFTV reports the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the woman was later identified as Rachael Lilienthal, 37.

Kayakers rescued the woman and tried beating the gator away with paddles so they could bring the victim to shore. She was taken to an Orlando-area hospital, but her condition is not known.

Wildlife officers captured the gator hours later and euthanized it.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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