Gator attacks homeless man taking bath in pond: 'It ate his toes'

Frederic Iman, 68, attacked in Port Charlotte

A homeless man in Florida who was taking a bath in a retention pond had his toes chomped off by a gator, authorities said.

Frederic Iman, 68, was washing himself in a Port Charlotte when he was bitten multiple times, according to a statement from the county’s fire department.

The man somehow managed to walk to a nearby surgical center, where employees called 911. “It looks like his pants are torn,” the caller told a dispatcher, WINK-TV reported.

“It ate his toes off.”

“It ate his toes off?” the emergency operator answers.

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Inman was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, where he was being treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

He sustained bites to his left foot, leg and groin area.

The 9-foot reptile has been seen before in the storm water treatment basin, but had not attacked anyone, residents said.

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“I know that they’re in there,” Ron Theisen told the station. “I look for them. When I first walked up here, I made sure I looked around to be on the safe side because it only takes on mistake and you’re in a world of hurt.”

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The creature was captured and will be killed, authorities said.   

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