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Crocodile Attacks Florida Swimmers, First Croc Attack on Humans in U.S. [VIDEO]

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This is why you don’t go swimming in Florida’s canals after dark.

Around 2 am on Sunday, Alejandro Jimenez, 26, and Lisset Rendon, 23, went for a dip in a canal behind a house where they were attending a party. That turned out to be a really bad idea.

Both Jimenez and Rendon were bitten by a nine-foot American crocodile. The croc latched on to Rendon first, attaching its jaws to her shoulder. She managed to escape and swim to shore. Jimenez suffered the brunt of the attack. He sustained serious bite wounds to his torso and hands. Both swimmers were treated at the South Miami Hospital and were later released.

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The attack is believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S. American crocodiles are a federally protected species that are generally shy and cautious around humans. They live in Florida, Mexico and Central and South America. 

Wildlife officials believe the crocodile was defending it’s territory. Jimenez and Rendon were swimming in a canal that’s a known home to crocodiles. And, they were swimming at 2 am, which happens to be the time of day when crocs are on high alert.

Trappers went to the scene of the attack on Monday to catch and relocate the croc, but after a fight that lasted for a few hours, the croc managed to escape back into the canal.

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Crocodile Attacks Florida Swimmers, First Croc Attack on Humans in U.S. [VIDEO]