An off-duty scientist thought he'd lend a helping hand when an alligator was spotted along Highway 70 in North Carolina.
But Fred Boyce bit off more than he could chew; as he approached the beast, the alligator viciously attacked him, nearly ripping off his arm.
Mr Boyce was rushed to the hospital to be treated and officials from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission were able wrangle the beast and return him to the wild.
A motorist first saw the 10-foot alligator crossing the thoroughfare at about 5:30pm Tuesday, according to WCTI.
Wildlife officials were called in from Kinston, roughly two hours away, but Mr Boyce didn't wait till they got there.
Mr Boyce, a herpetologist at the nearby Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium, is an expert on amphibians and reptiles. Read More