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Horrifying footage shows moments after 14ft alligator with bloated stomach ate woman

Horrifying footage shows moments after 14ft alligator with bloated stomach ate woman

The alligator was killed after it attacked and ate a 41-year-old mother

Horrifying footage shows a swollen alligator just moments moments after it killed and ate a woman.

Sabrina Peckham, 41, of Largo, Florida was eaten by a 14ft alligator back in September 2023 in a horrifyingly brutal attack.

Emergency services were alerted after a concerned resident had reported seeing the reptile carrying what looked like a human torso in its mouth.

The man reported the sighting to the authorities, who later confirmed Peckham's identity and that she'd been killed in an alligator attack.

Peckham was reported to have been homeless at the time and staying at a campsite near the canal where the alligator was later found.

Authorities subsequently killed the alligator and recovered her remains.

Further footage from the incident has now been released, with a video captured on a bodycam revealing the chilling moments where the animal could be seen with a bloated stomach after eating Peckham.

The footage has been shared by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as they aim to understand what happened during Peckham's final moments.

The alligator was humanely killed (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
The alligator was humanely killed (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

In the clip, police officers can be seen surrounding the alligator - which has had its mouth taped shut - before one shoots it dead.

The video shows the moment the animal was killed, with one officer heard saying 'watch them, watch them' before gunshots ring out.

Police can then be seen inspecting the gator's lifeless body afterwards, which has a visibly swollen stomach.

The beast was measured at 13ft 9 inches, before being cut open to remove some of Peckham's remains.

Authorities were also able to locate the camp where Peckham had been living prior to the attack, which was situated around 35-45 feet from the canal the alligator was later found in.

There was no signs of gator presence in the camp and the circumstances in which Peckham came into contact with the animal are not known.

Peckham's family had last seen her a day before the attack, telling authorities that she didn't show any signs of being in the water or coming into contact with an alligator.

A park ranger also reported seeing her walking around the canal - which connects two alligator infested lakes - a week earlier.

(Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
(Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

Following Peckham's death her daughter Breauna Dorris issued a statement on Facebook, saying her mother hadn't been 'taunting' the animal before her death.

"The past 24 hours have been filled with grief and sorrow and unbearable pain for our family. I’m posting this to put rumours to rest and ask for everyone’s help," she wrote.

"Some details I would like to share is that my mother did not ‘taunt’ the alligator as some are saying in the news outlets comments."

Dorris went on to share a tribute to her mother, adding: "To my mother: I love you more than I ever expressed, I miss you more than you’ll ever know and I pray that you are looking down over me and your grandchildren. Please protect us.

"I’m so sorry this happened to you. I pray you are at peace and you are no longer struggling or hurting."

Featured Image Credit: (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

Topics: US News, Environment