If you're unfortunate enough to run afoul of an angry gator, DO NOT RUN IN A ZIG-ZAG PATTERN. This is useless, as your main objective is to get away from the gator as fast as possible, and going in zig-zags will only slow you down. Do run away from the water, though, as alligators really hate venturing far into land, and will eventually give up on you if your chase drifts too far away from that high-quality H2O. Their little legs are pretty muscular though, and despite popular belief, they run just as fast as a human can. If they manage to catch up to you, and you need to fight back, go for the eyes, nose and ears (yep, gators have ears), but more importantly, if you are in the gator's gaping maw and they are trying to drag you under water (bad news, all around), you can free yourself by hitting their palatal valve, a small flap of skin behind their tongue that seals their throat when they are submerged. Hitting this will flood their airway with water, forcing them to release you. But only use this as a last resort. Remember, alligators are onry, because of their medulla oblongata, so it's best to keep your distance.