The Sunshine State continues to be one of the weirdest places on the planet. As soon as we read "Florida Man," we are prepared for something outrageous, often beyond reasoning.
While today's story is hard to grasp, this man from Florida did something entirely brave. Let's see what made Florida trend worldwide this time.
What To Do When An Alligator Steps To Your Property, According To The U.S. Army Veteran
Eugene Bozzi, a U.S. Army veteran, saw an alligator and reacted as most of us do when they spot a mosquito.
While sporting a pair of Adidas slides and socks, Bozzi maneuvered the alligator into a trash can and decided it was time to find the animal a place away from his home.
Bozzi explained to the reporters:
"So I got the trash can, seen some things on TV. I knew if I kept the front of the trash can there, he'd at least either go in or think it's a mouth and retreat, which he kind of did. I just overwhelmed him and threw him inside and walked him down safely, that was it."
Bozzi "secured" the gator, whatever that means, and found a bushy area with water, a place where the alligator should feel at home.
Speaking to USA Today, the brave man said:
"The weight of him was heavier than I thought he was, so I was thinking he's kind of heavy, and then when I got him in there he was really strong, felt like a person was inside trying to hit the top trying to get out and I waited for him to calm down and it was done."
Florida Man Impressed Almost Everyone
We wouldn't believe this story, but there is a video. And to say that people online were impressed is an understatement!
It is not that uncommon to hear stories about crocodiles and gators, as well as other deadly animals, getting into the homes of Florida residents. It's a swap, after all.
Florida has a Nuisance Alligator Program hotline. But, someone didn't want to be bothered with calls. That's why not everyone shared our enthusiasm.
Trapper Isaac Rempe from Affordable Wildlife Removal said that Bozzi put himself and others in danger.
"Especially backing an animal like that into a corner, there's nothing that's gonna stop...I saw several opportunities where he could have blown around or under the trash can, and an alligator that size will have no problem taking you to the ground, taking a leg, a foot, or at least causing some extremely severe bites."