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A Florida man's day went from bad to worse when he got his hand bitten off by an alligator and was charged with illegally feeding the animal.
To be clear, 63-year-old Wallace Weatherholt's crime wasn't feeding the alligator his hand — that falls under the "unfortunate accident" defense. It was the fish he dangled in front of the 9-foot gator that led to his being charged (and, of course, having an appendage bitten off).
Originally posted by blu3nowh3r3
seriously adding insult to injury here. completely unnecessary, you think he didnt learn his lesson? notice the missing hand lol
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by blu3nowh3r3
it has nothing to do with him learning a lesson or not. It has everything to do with making an example out of him regarding this very, very serious matter.
Gators will crawl right up into someones yard and eat their pets and children. There is no reason to interact with gators unless you are a professional doing licensed work. They aren't cute, cuddly critters. They are cold, ruthless killers.
Originally posted by ladyteeny
if you read the comments underneath, it looks possible that he was a tour guide, slapping his hand on the water to get the gators to come to him, and using his unregulated feeding of said aligator to get more custom for the said tours.
on the surface of it, it looks harsh, but when you take the above information into account then it seems less harsh. wonder what the truth of it is.
Weatherholt was leading an Indiana family on a tour of the Everglades on June 12 when he encountered a 9-foot alligator, which bit his hand off at the wrist.
The Associated Press reports that airboat passengers stated Weatherholt hung a fish over the side of the boat and had his hand at the water’s surface when the alligator attacked.
Feeding alligators is illegal. Those who feed an alligator face a second-degree misdemeanor, with a fine of up to $500 and possible jail time.