Alligator Crashes A Couple’s Picnic, Devouring Most Of Their Meal
Watch out for the Florida gators.
They WILL disrespect your entire romantic plans for a cut of your meal. One Gainesville couple found this out the hard way when they thought they were going to have a cute little date out by Lake Alice.
According to WGFL, Taylor Forte planned a picnic spread for her fiancé Trevor Walters on Thursday, since Walters was about to leave for the Marines for 10 weeks.
Too bad a hungry alligator had other plans.
“He swims up to the bank and just looks us dead in the eyes and then he immediately just sprints up onto the beach,” Walters said.
Forte said they immediately sprinted away from the blanket and then the gator had an epic feast for one.
“He annihilated an entire block of cheese,” Walters said. “Gobbled it down, lickity split. The salami didn’t stand a chance.”
Walters said the gator washed down their meal with half a watermelon and a pound of grapes.
“The worst part is we had a big bowl of guac made,” Walters said. “He eats the whole bowl. He put the whole bowl in his mouth.”
Not the guac!
Eventually, Forte and Walter had to confront the alligator…face to snout.
“I learned this back in my childhood to scare bears you get up and make yourself big,” Walters explained. “Make a lot of noise. It’s called the bear scare.”
Walters said the move worked and the gator skedaddle back into the water, even running into a log on the way out.
Karen Parker from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission explained, “Unfortunately it sounds like that gator has been fed previously and has lost its weariness of people and is beginning to associate people with food.”
Walters did say the gator had no fear when approaching the couple.
Parker said that once a gator becomes a nuisance and actually charges at people, the FWC must have them removed for public safety.
“We call our trappers and they catch the gator that’s causing problems,” Parker said. “They keep the gator for its hide and meat.”
Hope the guac was worth it.