Proving there’s a fine line between “brave” and “crazy,” a Florida man wrestled with an alligator measuring almost nine feet — and won.
The impromptu smackdown occurred Tuesday in Parkland after a resident walked outside and found the menacing gator lounging in his swimming pool. Not knowing what to do, the man looked on the Internet — and found Gator Boys, an alligator removal service.
Although a photo of Gator Boys’ Paul Bedard holding the huge reptile over his head in victory looks pretty menacing, he says capturing the intruder was a piece of cake. “This guy was super mellow; didn’t really give me a hard time at all,” Bedard says, adding that swimming pool captures are particularly easy because there’s nowhere for gators to hide. “I couldn’t get him to spin on me; he really wanted nothing to do with me. I simply made a frontal catch put a snare on his mouth and taped him up.”
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Got an e-gator call this morning about an 8 to 9 foot alligator in a swimming pool up in Parkland. The gator had walked through the screen and into the pool. I haven't had a good-sized gator in a swimming pool in probably a year, so I was kind of looking forward to this when I got the call. These are actually fun because the gator can't go anywhere and the water's almost always crystal clear. So all I have to do is jump in the water play around with him until he's tired and I can either hold his mouth shut and put a snare on it and tape it, or if he super energetic I can get him tired enough where I can just pick him up without the tape and carry him out in the yard and then tape him up once I get there. This guy was super mellow didn't really give me a hard time at all, I couldn't get him to spin on me he really wanted nothing to do with me. I simply made a frontal catch put a snare on his mouth and taped him up. Then finally got him to expend some energy…. I didn't want to pull him out of the water until he was tired, because he'll usually go into a death roll and smash himself up on the concrete or, if he's not taped, bite the concrete or something so it's always better to make him expend that energy in the water where is not going to get banged up. He ended up being 8 feet 8 in, and didn't really give me a hassle at all, it was basically as smooth and easy as it ever gets. Thank you Lord, much appreciated. #gatorboysalligatorrescue #gatorboys #rescue #animal #alligator #gators #gator #paulbedard #evergladesholidaypark #everglades #crocodile #croc #greatful #nuisancealligator