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Always check under your car for gators.

This gigantic 10-foot-2-inch alligator was spotted hiding under a car at an apartment building in Tampa, Florida, before Florida Fish and Wildlife came to rescue it. It might have come from a nearby pond, according to Fox 35 Orlando. It's interesting to see how the crew handles such a creature, gently packing it into the back of a truck before taking it to a farm.

https://boingboing.net/2021/04/07/w...rked-car-in-tampa-is-loaded-onto-a-truck.html
 

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Hoping to be hosed down n doubt.

May 20 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Florida unexpectedly ended up acting as wildlife wranglers when their station received a "special visitor" -- an alligator.

The Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District said in a Facebook postthat personnel stationed at Fire Station 26 spotted the "special visitor" wandering around the facility Wednesday.

"This charming fellow took a little tour of the firefighters' bay and liked it so much he thought he'd stay awhile," the post said.

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/05/20/Alligator-visits-fire-station-in-Florida/7271621542879/
 

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Aged alligator. Vid at link.

'World's oldest' alligator Muja celebrates 85th birthday at Belgrade Zoo

From surviving World War Two to becoming a hit on TikTok, Muja the alligator has been through a lot. The 85-year-old reptile at Belgrade Zoo in Serbia is believed to be the world's oldest alligator.

Video Journalist: Katarina Stevanovic

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-57532767
 

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Aged alligator. Vid at link.

'World's oldest' alligator Muja celebrates 85th birthday at Belgrade Zoo

From surviving World War Two to becoming a hit on TikTok, Muja the alligator has been through a lot. The 85-year-old reptile at Belgrade Zoo in Serbia is believed to be the world's oldest alligator.

Video Journalist: Katarina Stevanovic

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-57532767
Still not to old to tear one to pieces.
 

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It would be a Florida man.

A 32-year-old Florida man is accused of wrestling with an alligator that he stole from a miniature golf course and later trying to hurl it onto the roof of a cocktail bar.

When his throwing skills failed him, he was seen holding the gator by the tail and trying to whack it against the ground. When police asked William "Bubba" Hodge what caused the cruel behavior toward the alligator, he said he was "teaching it a lesson." A lesson on what, exactly, was unclear.

https://boingboing.net/2021/07/19/florida-man-arrested-after-trying-to-teach-alligator-a-lesson.html
 

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It would be a Florida man.

A 32-year-old Florida man is accused of wrestling with an alligator that he stole from a miniature golf course and later trying to hurl it onto the roof of a cocktail bar.

When his throwing skills failed him, he was seen holding the gator by the tail and trying to whack it against the ground. When police asked William "Bubba" Hodge what caused the cruel behavior toward the alligator, he said he was "teaching it a lesson." A lesson on what, exactly, was unclear.

https://boingboing.net/2021/07/19/florida-man-arrested-after-trying-to-teach-alligator-a-lesson.html
He lucky not tp have been bitten, even a 5'er could practical take his arm off. He needs lessons on how to treat animals and likely people to.
 

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Could have been a case of won't see you later alligator keeper.

An employee at a reptile centre in the US is recovering after an alligator yanked her into its enclosure during a presentation and thrashed her around before a fast-acting visitor leapt inside and helped free her from its jaws.

Video taken by a guest shows an unidentified handler at Scales & Tails Utah, in suburban Salt Lake City, talking to some adults and children about the alligator when it bit her hand and dragged her into the water.

Shane Richins, the company’s owner, said in an interview that the handler was opening the enclosure to feed the alligator as usual, but this time the reptile “got a little extra spunky”.

He said the centre normally has a strict policy for a second handler to be nearby when employees are working with the alligators.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/world/arid-40360832.html
 

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Gator grabs drone

Continues chewing when it emits smoke. From Florida.

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Short video.
 

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Mississippi Processor Finds 8,000-Year-Old Relics in the Belly of a 750-Pound Gator


Shane Smith, owner of Red Antler Processing in Yazoo City, Mississippi, had heard tales about big gators having unusual items in their stomachs. He had heard one story of metal dog tags being found inside an old gator. The tags were believed to have come from deer hounds the gators ate when they ventured too close to the water's edge.

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On Sept. 10, hunters brought a pair of Mississippi gators in for processing. Smith examined the stomach of a massive 13-foot, 5-inch, 750-pound gator and discovered what he thought was a broken stone arrowhead, and a tear-drop shaped object so heavy he thought it was a lead weight.


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After showing a photo of the objects to an expert, Smith was stunned at what he learned.

"That's an atlatl dart point," said James Starnes, director of Surface Geology and Mapping for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. He said the point was made between 5,000 to 6,000 B.C.

The atlatl is a primitive weapon that launches a spear having a point, using a second piece of wood with a cup on one end that acts as a lever to increase velocity.

The second object Smith found in the gator, which he thought was a lead weight, was actually a plummet, according to Starnes. It's about 3,800 years old. Starnes says it's unclear exactly what plummets were used for in ancient times. They’re made from hematite, an iron oxide, and are heavy like lead.

Smith learned that gators incidentally ingest odd items off the bottom of rivers, ponds, and sloughs where they’ve lived for years.

"Alligators are known for ingesting grit and rocks to help with digestion," said Ricky Flynt, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Alligator Program coordinator. Stones and other debris found in lake bottoms that gators ingest can end up staying in their stomachs to help mash food.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/m...-in-the-belly-of-a-750-pound-gator/ar-AAOoHnT

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A 12-foot-long alligator suspected of attacking and killing a 71-year-old man in Hurricane Ida floodwaters has been captured with “human remains” found in its belly, officials said.

After a two-week search, the alligator suspected of the attack was finally captured after U.S. Wildlife agents observed the large creature in a waterway near Satterlee’s residence, the sheriff’s office said. Licensed hunters set up traps to catch the animal.

It was eventually caught on Monday morning, euthanized and searched, which revealed “what appears to be human remains inside its stomach,” the sheriff’s office said. “Investigators will work with the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office to verify those remains belong to Timothy Satterlee,” the statement added.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/09/15/alligator-man-hurricane-ida/
 

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A bright Florida man. Vid at link.

In this footage, an alligator lurks on the porch of a Florida home.

The alligator retreats uneasily from an unusual adversary: a square trashcan turned on its side. The trashcan moves toward it under the direction of a man who is certainly not an animal control officer. The alligator tries bellowing at the trashcan, but the large polyethylene vessel continues its advance. In a well-executed denouement, the man flips the trashcan's lid onto the alligator's snout, baiting it into a tactically catastrophic lunge into the darkness.

https://boingboing.net/2021/09/29/florida-man-catches-alligator-with-trash-can.html
 

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A bright Florida man. Vid at link.

In this footage, an alligator lurks on the porch of a Florida home.

The alligator retreats uneasily from an unusual adversary: a square trashcan turned on its side. The trashcan moves toward it under the direction of a man who is certainly not an animal control officer. The alligator tries bellowing at the trashcan, but the large polyethylene vessel continues its advance. In a well-executed denouement, the man flips the trashcan's lid onto the alligator's snout, baiting it into a tactically catastrophic lunge into the darkness.

https://boingboing.net/2021/09/29/florida-man-catches-alligator-with-trash-can.html
I COULD NOT believe that this scheme worked. But, there you go...
The full video showed him wheeling the bin to the pond across the road, letting it go, and taking back his bin. All done in Adidas flip-flops and socks.
 
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