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Gator Boy wrestles ‘super mellow’ 9-foot alligator out of a pool

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The gator just wanted to chill in the swimming pool — and thankfully he stayed chill when a human had to join him in the water to coax him out.

Paul Bedard of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue posted photos to Instagram from Tuesday’s successful effort to remove the alligator, which ended up measuring 9 feet, 8 inches, from a pool in Parkland.

Based at Everglades Holiday Park in the wetlands of Broward County, Gator Boys Alligator Rescue is described on the park’s website as a safe haven for the so-called nuisance alligators that manage to wander into South Florida’s residential areas. Known as the Gators Boys, Bedard and his gator-trapping colleagues are also featured on the Animal Planet TV show “Gator Boys.”

On Tuesday, Bedard recounted the removal mission in fascinating detail on the Instagram post, offering some insight into the tricks of the gator whispering trade.

“I haven’t had a good-sized gator in a swimming pool in probably a year, so I was kind of looking forward to this when I got the call,” Bedard posted.

Bedard mused that pool calls are usually pretty fun. And in South Florida, alligators creeping into swimming pools is not uncommon.

“These are actually fun because the gator can’t go anywhere and the water’s almost always crystal clear,” he wrote. “So all I have to do is jump in the water play around with him until he’s tired and I can either hold his mouth shut and put a snare on it and tape it, or if he super energetic I can get him tired enough where I can just pick him up without the tape and carry him out in the yard and then tape him up once I get there.

“This guy was super mellow didn’t really give me a hard time at all, I couldn’t get him to spin on me he really wanted nothing to do with me.”

In the end, Bedard had to give a shoutout to a higher power for the gator’s ‘meh’ demeanor: “Thank you Lord, much appreciated.”

 

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Got an e-gator call this morning about an 8 to 9 foot alligator in a swimming pool up in Parkland. The gator had walked through the screen and into the pool. I haven’t had a good-sized gator in a swimming pool in probably a year, so I was kind of looking forward to this when I got the call. These are actually fun because the gator can’t go anywhere and the water’s almost always crystal clear. So all I have to do is jump in the water play around with him until he’s tired and I can either hold his mouth shut and put a snare on it and tape it, or if he super energetic I can get him tired enough where I can just pick him up without the tape and carry him out in the yard and then tape him up once I get there. This guy was super mellow didn’t really give me a hard time at all, I couldn’t get him to spin on me he really wanted nothing to do with me. I simply made a frontal catch put a snare on his mouth and taped him up. Then finally got him to expend some energy…. I didn’t want to pull him out of the water until he was tired, because he’ll usually go into a death roll and smash himself up on the concrete or, if he’s not taped, bite the concrete or something so it’s always better to make him expend that energy in the water where is not going to get banged up. He ended up being 8 feet 8 in, and didn’t really give me a hassle at all, it was basically as smooth and easy as it ever gets. Thank you Lord, much appreciated. #gatorboysalligatorrescue #gatorboys #rescue #animal #alligator #gators #gator #paulbedard #evergladesholidaypark #everglades #crocodile #croc #greatful #nuisancealligator

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