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Since 1948, 224 people have suffered major alligator bites, including 22 fatal bites, according to June 2011 conservation commission data.

Wildlife officials were investigating what caused the alligator to bit Kaleb.

“We want to understand the dynamics of the bite and understand what happened — what the alligator was doing, what the young man was doing — to see if there’s anything we can learn from this,” Mr. Pino said.

Last month, an airboat captain was giving a tour in southwest Florida when a 9-foot alligator bit off his left hand. The Indiana family on the boat said the captain had hung a fish over the side of the boat and had his hand at the water’s surface when the alligator bit him.