Florida Man Traps Gator In Trash Can In Epic Showdown

Posted by in Bizarre On 30th September 2021
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In a story that could only come from Florida, this man captured an alligator in his home’s trash can after it had found its way onto his property.

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Eugene Bozzi was shocked one morning to see that he had quite the unexpected visitor in his Florida home. The visitor was in fact a 7ft long alligator.

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Fearing for the safety of his kids, Bozzi did what any great father would do and jumped into action to capture the gator as soon as possible and get it away from his children.

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The dramatic footage shows Bozzi screaming instructions to others as he attempts to lure the alligator into a large trashcan.

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"Let me know when the head goes inside. Let me know! Somebody let me know when the head goes inside!"

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In a later interview he further added,

"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."

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"The weight of him was heavier than I thought he was, so I was thinking he kind of heavy, and then when I got him in there he was real 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."

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While the video itself is dramatic and ended well, Wildlife experts say this sort of move is nothing short of dangerous and that Bozzi may have endangered himself and others by aggravating the alligator.

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"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," said an officer for Florida Wildlife Conservation."

He further added, "Realistically, he should have done nothing, gone inside, leave the animal alone, it would have gone on its way. The second recourse would be to contact FWC, have them come and do a removal."

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Public opinion was also split with some agreeing with the experts saying that the alligator should have been left alone.

"This is compelling to watch, but I hope the gators okay. Gators aren’t crocodiles. They’re not really that dangerous. If you visit the Everglades, you come across them on paths. They have only ever injured one visitor, a kid who fell off a bike into an open gator’s jaw. He lived."

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Others however came to Bozzi’s defence saying he took the best course of action that was within his knowledge and means.

"He humanely trapped the alligator and it’ll be dropped off somewhere. I see no problem, he protecting his family, other peoples family and the alligators life from folks who might shoot it or run it over."

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The most important observation however was made by this user who rightly pointed out that going back for the trash can was perhaps a smart move. 

"When he came back for the garbage can I perished 

Don’t blame him though they’re over $100 😂"

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