On Monday, an 88-year-old woman was killed in an evident alligator attack in South Carolina, according to officials.
According to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Natural Resources, the victim, Nancy Becker, was gardening close to a pond in Sun City Hilton Head, an adult-only community, when she slid in.
Officials said the gator was “guarding” Becker when they arrived.
According to officials, the gator, a 9-foot-8-inch male, was euthanized. Becker’s autopsy will take place this week, according to officials.
According to the Department of Natural Resources and the sheriff’s office, this is the 5th alligator death in South Carolina since 2000.