Always think twice before taking a bath in a retention pond

click to enlarge Always think twice before taking a bath in a retention pond
Photo via WINK TV
A homeless man was taking a bath in a Florida retention pond this week and got his toes bit off by an alligator. This, among other reasons, is why you should always think twice about taking a bath in a retention pond.

According to WINK TV, 68-year-old Frederic Iman was bathing in a pond in Port Charlotte, Florida when a 9-foot alligator bit him on the left foot, left leg and groin area.

Iman was able to exit the pond and walk to a nearby surgical center, where employees then called 911 and told dispatchers, "It ate his toes off."

He was then airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers and treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The gator was caught and killed.

Besides the threat of gators, you really should avoid retention ponds at all costs. Depending on the location, retention ponds can be cess pools of pollution, most of which aren't required to meet any water quality standards by local governments.

This means don't even fish here.

For those interested, here is a list of local resources for the homeless, including places offering free shelter, food, and access to showers.