A MAN had to be airlifted to hospital after being savaged by a huge alligator in marshland at a nature park in Florida.
He was left with "substantial injuries" to his leg during the horror attack at the DuPuis reserve on the edge of Palm Beach County.
It took more than an hour for rescuers to locate the man - said to be in his 30s - because of the dense grass he was slumped in, WPEC-TV reported.
The 10ft gator left the victim with shocking wounds that required immediate medical attention, rescue crews on the scene revealed.
Martin County Fire Rescue's LifeStar chopper took the man to St Mary's Medical Center for treatment.
His condition is unknown.
It is unclear what the victim was doing in the reserve when he was attacked, but the area is popular with hunters, anglers and campers.
Florida wildlife officials are now investigating the terrifying attack which happened on Saturday afternoon.
In August we told how hunter's bones "turned to mush" after he was bitten by an 11ft alligator he was trying to kill in the same area.
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Justin Perchalski, 30, was taking part in a night hunt at a swamp near his home in Palm Bay when he was attacked.
Just two days into the state's legal hunting season, Justin, was with his friends when he caught the alligator on August 17.
But the reptile grabbed his right hand, and tried to drag him out of his boat and into the water.