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An alligator reached viral stardom on Thursday when he tried to escape his handlers with his hands tied behind his back—and head-butted a trapper unconscious in the process.
The nine-foot gator was apparently roaming around an Orlando neighborhood (which is a regular thing in Florida) when some police and a trapper managed to wrestle him and down and hogtie his limbs, Vice reported Friday.
Things seemed to be going according to plan—the trapper even daringly tapped on the alligator’s head, which according to Twitter is a way to disorient the beasts. But as the gator was hoisted onto a truck, he made a last-ditch effort escape and head-butted the trapper. According to WCMH-TV, the man was “out cold” for four seconds.
Videos posted to Twitter and Instagram caught the whole thing in action.
— NBC4 Columbus (@nbc4i) June 7, 2018
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In the end, the alligator was successfully captured with the help of a winch.
Luckily, the incident was far from the worst giant lizard news today.
H/T Vice News
Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.