According to the victim, Ujay Baryogar, the alligator suddenly emerged from the river and sprang on him, beating him with its tail and scratching his chest with its claws.
Bayogar said he cried in vain for help during the ordeal that lasted for several minutes until the alligator, by its own volition, jumped back into the river.
However, Bayogar said some of the residents later came to his rescue and took him immediately to the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan where he was discharged Wednesday morning following three days of treatment.
He explained his ordeal to the Liberia News Agency Wednesday, narrating how he left Giah Town on Sunday afternoon for another town behind the airstrip across the Kwein River to visit his sister.
“While returning home to Giah town, I arrived at the canoe wharf at about 8:00 p.m. and there was no canoe on the side of the river where I was so I decided to walk along the river bank looking for a narrow area to cross.
“But as I was walking, the alligator jumped from the river onto my chest, beating me with its tail and using it nails to hook me on both sides. With its nails in my body, I could not fight but continue to call for help and after few minutes, the alligator jumped back in the river, leaving me to bleed heavily,” he explained.
He said when the residents came to his rescue, they rushed him to the Liberian Government Hospital the same night and “after three nights of medical care I was discharged early this morning,” he told LINA.