In Louisiana, an eleven-year-old boy lost an arm to an alligator. The gator was killed and the arm, still intact, extracted from its stomach. Doctors operated to re-attach it.
Alligators have killed some two dozen people in the US in the past 35 years. They have injured many more. Attacks on people are, however, rare.
FURTHER INFORMATION FROM MY BOOKS:
Deadly Kingdom, Chapter 12: The Crocodilians