Utah alligator handler injured after reptile latched onto her wrist and pulled her into death roll

A Utah alligator handler has showed off the grim, bloody injuries to her hand after she was dragged into its enclosure and pulled into a death roll. 

Lindsay Bull is still in hospital recovering after the nasty attack during a child’s birthday party at Scales & Tails in Salt Lake City on Saturday. 

Footage of the attack show Bull being yanked into the reptile’s enclosure before it thrashed her around in a death roll before a fast-acting visitor jumped on it’s back and wrestled it off her.   

Bull told TMZ she has a damaged tendon and multiple fractures, as well as a broken thumb and wrist, but she’s in good spirits and on the mend. 

She even said that she bears no ill will towards the alligator, named Darth Gator. It’s not clear if she plans on returning to work.

Lindsay Bull, a Utah alligator handler, is currently in a hospital recuperating following anasty attack at Scales & Tails Zoo in Salt Lake City on Saturday

Lindsay Bull, a Utah alligator handler, is currently in a hospital recuperating following anasty attack at Scales & Tails Zoo in Salt Lake City on Saturday

Lindsay Bull, a Utah alligator handler, is currently in a hospital recuperating following anasty attack at Scales & Tails Zoo in Salt Lake City on Saturday

The attack went viral after video showed that one of the visitors to the zoo, 48-year-old Donnie Wiseman, came to her rescue, eventually wrestling the alligator, who's name is 'Darth Gator'

The attack went viral after video showed that one of the visitors to the zoo, 48-year-old Donnie Wiseman, came to her rescue, eventually wrestling the alligator, who's name is 'Darth Gator'

The attack went viral after video showed that one of the visitors to the zoo, 48-year-old Donnie Wiseman, came to her rescue, eventually wrestling the alligator, who’s name is ‘Darth Gator’

During the attack, Donnie Wiseman, 48, jumped into the water and climbed on top of the reptile in an effort to assist Bull. 

The construction worker and his wife Theresa were at the petting zoo with their six-year-old son when the handler was pulled into the alligator’s pen, whipped around while gripped in the alligator’s jaws. 

While Theresa filmed, saying she was scared to move or do anything else, Donnie jumped into action. 

‘I’m just like, “What do I do? What do I need to do,”‘ Wiseman said. ‘And I got on him, just like in all the movies and documentaries I’ve seen.’ 

Lindsey has said she bears no ill will toward the gator and that she considers him like a son.

Lindsey has said she bears no ill will toward the gator and that she considers him like a son.

Lindsey has said she bears no ill will toward the gator and that she considers him like a son.

Bull told TMZ she has a damaged tendon and multiple fractures, as well as a broken thumb and wrist, but she's in good spirits and on the mend

Bull told TMZ she has a damaged tendon and multiple fractures, as well as a broken thumb and wrist, but she's in good spirits and on the mend

Bull told TMZ she has a damaged tendon and multiple fractures, as well as a broken thumb and wrist, but she’s in good spirits and on the mend

Bull told TMZ she has a damaged tendon and multiple fractures, as well as a broken thumb and wrist, but she's in good spirits and on the mend.

Bull told TMZ she has a damaged tendon and multiple fractures, as well as a broken thumb and wrist, but she's in good spirits and on the mend.

Bull told TMZ she has a damaged tendon and multiple fractures, as well as a broken thumb and wrist, but she’s in good spirits and on the mend.

Another bystander ushered the children at the birthday party, all six or younger, away as they cried, the video showed. 

Wiseman said that Bull coached him through the experience. The owner of the zoo said that Bull’s training helped preserve her limbs, because she went into the enclosure after the animal attacked and let her body go limp as the gator went into the roll. 

The couple told ITV’s This Morning Wednesday that he’s been left with a few scratches but is okay – while Theresa added the party continued and they enjoyed cake and opened presents shortly after the attack.

He said that though he was scared, Bull explained to him what to do and how to escape from the alligator once she’d been freed.

‘I didn’t want anything to happen to that girl,’ Donnie explained. ‘I knew when he [the alligator] bit down on the hand, that we were in trouble. I’d seen her face and she was scared.

Wiseman said he’d dealt with reptiles before, but nothing quite like an alligator.   

‘It definitely wasn’t something I expected to ever do in my life. Saving someone from an alligator, in Utah!’

Wiseman adds that Bull’s mother sent him a note thanking him and that her daugher  would be alright.  

Richins said in an interview that Scales & Tails normally has a strict policy for a second handler to be nearby when employees are working with the alligators.

'I didn't want anything to happen to that girl,' Wiseman, seen here on ITV This Morning with wife Theresa who filmed the rescue, explained. 'I knew when he [the alligator] bit down on the hand, that we were in trouble. I'd seen her face and she was scared.

'I didn't want anything to happen to that girl,' Wiseman, seen here on ITV This Morning with wife Theresa who filmed the rescue, explained. 'I knew when he [the alligator] bit down on the hand, that we were in trouble. I'd seen her face and she was scared.

‘I didn’t want anything to happen to that girl,’ Wiseman, seen here on ITV This Morning with wife Theresa who filmed the rescue, explained. ‘I knew when he [the alligator] bit down on the hand, that we were in trouble. I’d seen her face and she was scared.

However, that hasn’t been enforced in recent years if the worker isn’t planning to enter the enclosure, he said.

The zoo said Sunday Bull is ‘doing well and is in recovery.’

Bull says she hopes to speak to Wiseman soon and she’s already spoken with some of the folks who were on the tour when she was attacked.  

According to its website, Scales & Tails Utah is a family-run operation that provides educational presentations on reptiles, birds, spiders and scorpions.

‘These gentlemen could have stayed in the safety zone as most of us would, but instead jumped into the situation, of their own volition, and helped secure the alligator,’ the company said in a statement.

‘Their help, combined with the training of our staff member, probably saved her life and her limbs.’

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