In a video that has gone viral on social media, a Florida man was seen sitting chest-deep in the water hand-feeding an alligator a sandwich. Yes, you heard that right, a sandwich! And not just any sandwich, but a sandwich that this guy must have believed was worthy of sharing with a wild predator.
The clip from Fox 35 Orlando, shows the man sporting a white hat and a woman in a red shirt sitting in the water like they’re having a casual picnic with a man-eating reptile. As the alligator swims closer, the guy waves a piece of bread as if he’s summoning a lost puppy. And lo and behold, the alligator swims up and takes the bread from his hand like they’re old pals catching up after years of being apart.
But the man’s generosity doesn’t stop there! He then drops the sandwich in the gator’s mouth! He even gives it a little pat under the mouth as if it’s a loyal pet. Is it just me or does this guy need a reality check? I mean, it’s an ALLIGATOR, not a cute little puppy!
To make matters worse, the man then appears to toss another piece of food at the gator! It’s as if he wants to keep it coming back for more. I’m no wildlife expert, but I’m pretty sure this is NOT how you treat a wild predator.
And just in case you thought this was all just a harmless joke, let me remind you that feeding wild alligators is illegal in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife have made it clear that feeding alligators can lead to dangerous situations for both yourself and others in the future.
Alligator mating season is fast approaching, and if this man thinks he can just hand out sandwiches to any alligator he meets, he’s in for a surprise. Maybe it’s time for him to stick to feeding pigeons in the park and leave the alligators to their natural instincts.
Florida, you never cease to amaze us!
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