North Carolina scientist Fred Boyce is lucky to still have both arms today after a run-in with an alligator on Wednesday. A motorist spotted the 10 foot, 200 pound reptile sunning itself on the side of the road and called authorities.

Boyce, an employee of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, arrived at the scene just after first responders.  Wildlife officials had been called but were still hours away.  Boyce, who has handled alligators before, stepped in and attempted to wrangle the animal on his own, with nearly disastrous results.

The alligator grabbed Boyce in its powerful jaws and gave him a violent shake before letting him go.  Boyce, who appeared on "Good Morning America" this morning said that he was lucky the animal was "nice" to him, not biting down with its full strength, which would have take his arm off at the shoulder.

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