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Have any of you read the book, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht?

It’s a great little yellow book that describes all sorts of ways to get out of even life-threatening situations.

Here’s how they describe getting free from an alligator:

How to Wrestle Free from an Alligator

1. If you are on land, try to get on the

alligator’s back and put downward pressure on its neck. This will force its head and jaws down.

2. Cover the alligator’s eyes. This will

usually make it more sedate.

3. If you are attacked, go for the eyes and

nose. Use any weapon you have, or your fist.

4. If its jaws are closed on something you want to remove (for example, a limb), tap or punch it on the snout. Alligators often open their mouths when tapped lightly. They may drop whatever it is they have taken hold of, and back off.

5. If the alligator gets you in its jaws, you

must prevent it from shaking you or rolling over—these instinctual actions cause severe tissue damage. Try to keep the mouth clamped shut so the alligator does not begin shaking.

6. Seek medical attention immediately,

even for a small cut or bruise, to treat infection. Alligators have a huge number of pathogens in their mouths.

The next section in that chapter is:

How to Avoid an Attack

That’s easy, in my opinion. Stay away from alligators and any possible place they could be – especially New York sewers and even Reptile Gardens in Rapid City…

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