Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2007]
Origins: As is often the case, the images displayed above appear to be a case of someone's matching up (presumably real) photographs of unknown origin with a similar but completely unrelated news account.
These pictures began to circulate via e-mail forward in mid-November 2007 under a title of "Don't Fish Too Close to the Bank!", with no accompanying information about when, where, or under what circumstances the photographs were taken. A few weeks later, they were matched up with a
Investigators said officers responded to reports of car break-ins at a Miccosukee Indian Reservation parking lot located at 500 S.W. 177th Ave. in Miami.
One of the men was quickly captured by officers during the incident last week but the other robbery suspect tried to elude officer by jumping into a large pond behind the facility.
During the swim, police said, an alligator attacked and killed the man. He was apparently bitten on the head several times.
The victim's body was recovered at the bottom of the pond about a day after the reported break-ins.
- The terrain and surroundings in the photos don't match that of the urban Miami, Florida, resort location (surrounded by casinos, hotels, roads, and parking lots) where the robbery suspect was killed.
- The animal shown in the photographs is not an alligator but a Nile crocodile, a saurian found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Nile Basin, and Madagascar, not Florida.
- The Florida robbery suspect was killed by an alligator, but he was not eaten by the reptile.
- The Florida alligator was not dispatched and cut open at the scene of the incident; he was captured, transported to the All American Gator facility, and held there pending an inspection by the county medical examiner's office. (In accordance with state law, the alligator was destroyed once the investigation was complete.)
At least five people have gone missing in recent months in the same area of East Nusa Tenggara province and are believed to have been eaten by a crocodile or crocodiles, said local conservationist Lorens Mbatu.
The 16-foot-long reptile is suspected of having eaten a 59-year-old fisherman, who was last seen a week earlier near a river in the province about
The villagers who found human body parts inside the captured crocodile's abdomen — along with skull fragments and strands of hair — cut the beast into pieces and shared the meat, Mbatu said.
"People here believe they must eat the flesh of a crocodile that has eaten a human so there will be no more victims," he said
Last updated: 14 September 2013
Associated Press. "Fleeing Robbery Suspect Eaten by Alligator." WPLG-TV [Miami]. 13 November 2007. Associated Press. "Human Remains Found in Slain Indonesia Croc." ESPN.com. 6 December 2007.