Gator bites 6-yr-old on Lake Maurepas

A 6-year-old boy was hospitalized on July 10th and is doing well after an alligator bit him in Lake Maurepas.

Tiffany Cressionnie, the boy’s mother, said her family was swimming at the sandbar at Lake Maurepas near the Tickfaw River when the medium-sized gator bit her son.

“Our immediate reaction was what’s going on?” she said. “We didn’t know what was happening & then we saw the gator swimming away.”

The young boy was taken to the hospital where his wound was treated and he was given antibiotics to prevent an infection.

On July 11th, he visited his pediatrician. “He’s doing good,” Cressionnie said. “He said he’s ready to go fishing.”

Cressionnie thanked the people who reached out to check on her son after hearing the news.

“The outpouring from the community has been eye-opening,” she said. “People have been calling to check on him. People have been reaching out from all over.”

Officials with the Livingston Parish Fire District No. 2 advised residents to stop feeding alligators, which makes them more approachable to people. 

“We live on the water,” Cressionnie said. “People need to take their trash with them, keep our rivers clean and our wildlife wild.”

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