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Man Steals Alligator from Golf Course, Tries 'Teaching It a Lesson' by Throwing It on Roof of Lounge

Bettina Dizon
Jul 25, 2021
09:00 P.M.
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The police arrested a Florida man after his attempt to throw a live alligator on a beach lounge roof after physically abusing the animal several times.

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Regardless of how wild an animal is, it should be treated with respect when not harming anyone. However, there are still people who are charged with animal cruelty.

Most recently, a Florida man was arrested by police officers in Daytona for hurting an alligator, which he stole from Congo River Golf, a miniature golf course.

A man being arrested in Florida. | Source: Facebook/DBSDPS

A man being arrested in Florida. | Source: Facebook/DBSDPS

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Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety reported about William “Bubba” Hodge carrying the wildlife by Highway A1A, attempting to throw the alligator onto the roof of a cocktail lounge.

Hodge reportedly took the animal by its tail and hit it against the wall, threw it on the ground, and with no mercy, stepped on it twice, as he was “teaching it a lesson.”

“Hodge was charged with five offenses, including the felonies of Animal Cruelty, Possession/Injury of an Alligator, and Burglary," the report read.

A hand entering a crocodile's mouth. | Source: Shutterstock

A hand entering a crocodile's mouth. | Source: Shutterstock

Fortunately, the alligator was safely returned to the Congo River Golf staff. The 32-year-old, who was arrested on Thursday, was in jail until Friday morning.

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According to wildlife professionals, the alligator was massive yet normal in size for their species.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), “Alligators prefer lakes and slow-moving rivers and their wetlands, but can also be found in brackish water, and for short periods of time, in saltwater.”

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In May, another alligator was seen running after pedestrians in a Wendy’s Florida restaurant parking space. Police officials and an alligator catcher captured the animal in Lehigh Acres as soon as the report came.

The animal, which weighed seven feet and three inches, was later trapped in the Lehigh Acres Health & Rehabilitation Center parking lot and transferred to an alligator farm.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office authorities later quipped that the animal must have been starving for a burger and meant no harm but instead created a scene among civilians.

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The Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue Division also joked about the situation after footage of the alligator was circulated in the media, claiming that there would be a slight delay in response time due to the loose creature.

A similar incident happened again in Florida last November as a massive alligator wandered Valencia Golf & Country Club. A video clip of the reptile surfaced on the internet and went viral in a day.

According to wildlife professionals, the alligator was massive yet normal in size for their species. Valencia Golf & Country Club had a similar incident back in 2017.

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