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Two Florida Men Charged With Trying To Get An Alligator Drunk

Two Florida Men Charged With Trying To Get An Alligator Drunk

Two Florida men have been arrested after they allegedly captured an alligator by the side of a road before holding it down and trying to get it drunk by pouring beer down its throat.

Remember the game where you search 'Florida man' and then the date of your birth? Well, if you were born on 26 August, you've got a belter here.

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Twenty-seven-year-old Timothy Kepke and 22-year-old Noah Osborne are reported to have filmed themselves during the incident, which occurred by the roadside in Palm City, Florida, on the aforementioned date.

In the police report, Kepke told of how his mate grabbed the unsuspecting reptile with his bare hands after spotting it by the side of the highway.

Timothy Kepke and Noah Osborne. Credit: Fox13/Martin County Sheriff's Department
Timothy Kepke and Noah Osborne. Credit: Fox13/Martin County Sheriff's Department

Kepke claims to have been bitten on the arm by the animal before he tried to force feed it a can of beer. It's not clear whether he sustained any injuries from the bite, or how large the alligator was.

Both men were arrested on 3 October, once the cops became aware that a video existed showing the pair during the incident.

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Can't stress this enough, guys. If you're going to commit a crime - and preferably don't - make sure you don't actually film yourself committing said crime.

It's really, really thick.

Perhaps unfortunately for the rest of us, the video hasn't been released by the police. It also isn't clear whether or not the video circulated before the pair were eventually brought in.

An alligator, in its natural habitat. Credit: PA
An alligator, in its natural habitat. Credit: PA

They've both been charged with 'taking an alligator' unlawfully.

We shouldn't live in a world where that is an acceptable crime.

Also, is there a way to 'take' an alligator lawfully?

So many questions...

A complaint was received by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission back in August.

The New York Post reported that authorities investigating were able to get their hands on the video and confront Kepke at his home on 17 September. He then confessed that he'd played a part in the incident.

They did release it, in the end. Credit: PA
They did release it, in the end. Credit: PA

The pair did eventually release the animal alive, he added.

As you can imagine, the pair had consumed a couple of beers already that evening, although Kepke also said that they weren't drunk.

A woman was also present at the time, although she said that she had thought the alligator bit Osborne because he was being hostile to it.

Kepke and Osborne were taken to Martin County Jail and released after they posted bail bonds of $5,000 and $2,500 respectively.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: US News, Weird, Animals

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother.” Contact Tom on [email protected]

 

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