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See You Later Alligator: Zoo Man's Lucky Escape
An American zoologist has been attacked by a 10ft-long alligator as he tried to capture it from beside a highway.
Fred Boyce, a specialist in amphibians and reptiles at Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium in North Carolina, was lucky not to lose his arm in the attack - which was caught on camera.
The 300lb beast was spotted by a passing motorist in Stacy, a small township located on the state's eastern coast.
US reports said a call was made to the aquarium asking for advice on how to handle it and on hearing about it Mr Boyce decided to head to the scene.
Once there, he has been quoted as saying he feared the alligator would be killed, so he decided to try moving it himself.
His strategy involved placing a towel over the animal's eyes, then approaching it from the rear - seemingly in a bid to grab its giant mouth before local firefighters pounced.
But in an instant, the angry alligator jerked its head around and seized Mr Boyce's arm.
Following a scuffle, the shocked zoologist managed to crawl away from the beast.
Captain Richard Venable, of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, said once Mr Boyce was out of the highway ditch, they turned their attention to the giant reptile.
"We formed a plan to capture it, put it in a container, and take it away," he said.
The alligator was later released back into the wild, away from homes and major highways.
Mr Boyce, was treated in hospital and released. Luckily, he only suffered minor injuries.
Speaking to local American channel WNCT he said he would never attempt such a move again.
"I'm not really proud of this video and I know it's not my best work," he said.
He added: "It was not a pleasant feeling, and I think it was that feeling of oh, I really messed this one up."
what do you think?
Twerp! He should treat a creature like that with more caution, and he is supposed to be a professional!
"oh, I really messed this one up." - Understatment Month award goes to Fred Boyce
A very silly man and a very lucky person to still have his arm and his life. He is just lucky the alligator did not grip his arm and roll had it done this it would have riped his arm off easily. I dont see why he even thought he could subdue a stresed / angry / confused perhaps even hungry alligator it let alone move the thing after. At the end of the day they have animal control and trained people with the proper tools for just this ocasion.
He is a reptile "expert" so if anyone was going to be trained in this business it should have been him. This simply prooves that all the training in the world cannot remove all danger - unless he was a trained marksman!
agreed ,he certainly forgot the main tool needed for that job ...............his brain !! lol
@ Brian Being a so called specialist in amphibians and reptiles at Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium. Yes thats right he worked at an Aquarium... a place like seaworld where the bigest reptiles / amphibians they have are small lizards and white sea turtles and some sharks all of which are in a controled enviroment behind plate glass. So yes he may have had alittle knowlage about them however he does not have practical experiance with handeling large reptiles like Alligator's and his job at the aquarium was nothing more than a teacher.
mmmm nom nom nom
What a idiot
what an expert !! anyone seen that film with the " shark expert " who says " we will be ok standing with these bull sharks " ..........just before one grabs hold of him and bites off half his calf in front of the film crew and the shows presenter ! must be good to be an expert. lol
Well intentioned but should have waited until he had more assistance. Glad both him and the alligator are okay.
I don't need to be an expert in anything to know that it's not a good idea to cover an alligator's eyes with a towel then try pulling its tail. I don't know how to catch an alligator or crocodile. Perhaps, alligators seem a lot lighter than they should, to most people, after watching so many crocodiles on TV? I would probably try to save the poor alligator's life by feeding it live chickens at the scene in order to make it not want anything else to eat. Then I'd try luring it into some kind of crate from a distance of at least ... well ... ten metres. Some people put a noose on the end of a long pole over their mouths? ...
Crocs like other animals have to endure the human smell,after shave.They also see us as food.
What a complete idiot. Think of the size and how dangerous these animals are before doing something so silly. Atleast it wasn't killed and released where it belongs.
Stuart A N Romain
Yet another case of familiarity breeding contempt, do you not agree?
Totally Stuart! he won't do that again for a while! These things are well documented as wild and vicious what prompted the fool to think otherwise? In this situation there is only one thing to do - turn it into a handbag as quicly as possible! Bang Bang! no more trouble from 'e
camera man got some good "snaps"
Yeah....great plan....how to subdue a repile thats been around since the dinosaurs existed and has millions of years of hunter heritage in it's genes and highly evolved senses.......throw a towel over it's head.....idiot........