Two Florida Men Charged With Trying To Get An Alligator Drunk
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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