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(Sun Sentinel)   Airboat captain who had his hand bitten off by an alligator now being charged with illegally feeding it   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 17
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2012-07-29 02:50:32 PM  
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MaudlinMutantMollusk: Oh, hook

/if there was only some way he could have heard it coming


I think after being on an airboat for any length of time, you can't hear anything at all.

We built an engine for an airboat and the guy brought it to us for some problem that I can't recall. But, we tested it before giving it back to him.

Airboat on trailer, trailer connected to large 1/2 ton truck, chained to a parking pillar, all wheels blocked, parking brake set, etc. and at full power the thing still moved. It's hard to say which was louder, the enormous fan or the bellow of the engine.

Extra fun was having to climb through the fan in order to get to the engine, since the engine/PSRU/fan assembly was in a big cage. Check three times to make sure that it can't be accidentally started, check once more for good measure, make sure one more time that the batteries are disconnected, pull the ignition key out and put it in your pocket for good measure...
2012-07-29 12:50:39 PM  
3 votes:
Works for me. Stupidity should be painful.
2012-07-29 03:21:16 PM  
2 votes:

Submitted First With a Better Headline: So then why did they euthanize the alligator? By charging him, they are clearly taking the stance that it was his fault (which it was), but then they killed the creature?Poor thing.


1. Because extracting a swallowed hand isn't exactly an outpatient procedure, if you hope to do it while the hand is in any condition to be reattached.
2. Because the gator had been fed by a human, and thus lost its trained aversion to humans, seeing them as prey to be hunted instead of predators to be avoided. It's fun to pretend there's some God, or Karma, or whatever, to ensure the guy that was feeding it would be the only one to lose a hand, but in reality the gator would have continued aggressively attacking people who had nothing to do with breaking the law, until it got put down.

/doesn't have anything to do with the taste of human flesh, that's an old wives' tale
2012-07-29 03:15:58 PM  
2 votes:

Repo Man: Submitted First With a Better Headline: So then why did they euthanize the alligator? By charging him, they are clearly taking the stance that it was his fault (which it was), but then they killed the creature?

Poor thing.

Probably happened when they got his hand back.


Yeah, did anyone think they'd just anesthetize the beast, take the hand out of its stomach, and then stitch it up and take it to a recovery pen? No: They killed it to get the hand back. It's an alligator, not a child.
2012-07-29 03:08:03 PM  
2 votes:

Submitted First With a Better Headline: So then why did they euthanize the alligator? By charging him, they are clearly taking the stance that it was his fault (which it was), but then they killed the creature?

Poor thing.


Because now the animal had been fed by a human and had tasted human. WHICH is why the guy is being charged. Don't feed the alligators.
2012-07-29 03:06:44 PM  
2 votes:

dalovindj: This would be a great story, but because this dumbass decided to break the farking law that gator was put down. Ruins it for me.


Gators are put down all the time. And they're delicious.
2012-07-29 03:00:48 PM  
2 votes:
This would be a great story, but because this dumbass decided to break the farking law that gator was put down. Ruins it for me.
2012-07-29 02:45:22 PM  
2 votes:
Feeding wild animals has negative consequences, but dumbasses just keep doing it. In this dumbasses defense, he was probably doing it because being able to show tourists a gator is good for his business. But bad for his hand.
2012-07-29 04:22:44 PM  
1 votes:

dalovindj: In this case, derision for the person and empathy for the animal is what I would expect from a decent person.


In that case, sure. Reality doesn't work the way you think it does, though, and being willing to listen to other peoples' opinions doesn't mean believing everything they say.

/in fact, I can safely say that your opinion about animals in general is no more authoritative than Timothy Treadwell's opinion about bears
//if you apply it to real life, try to YouTube it... Treadwell's final audio tape lacked the visual impact it could have had
2012-07-29 04:09:40 PM  
1 votes:

SwiftFox: I think your #2 item, though generally true, is rather unfair to the alligator.


Only if you assume alligators think like humans do.

/problem is, they don't
//and believing they can doesn't actually make them do so
2012-07-29 03:44:01 PM  
1 votes:

Submitted First With a Better Headline: This, on the other hand, is a good point, and it's something I didn't instinctively think of. It still makes me sad as an animal lover, but there's not much to be done about it.


Nice to know there are still animal lovers that are willing to listen to voices of reason. Most "animal lovers" I've tried to inform just take a "Nuh uh! Animals are completely peaceful unless they get hungry or are protecting their young, I saw it on Disney Channel so it must be true!" stance, eventually doing grave harm to the very animals they think they're helping.

/nobody is stupid as long as they're willing to listen to stuff they don't want to hear
//uninformed, yes, but ignorance can be cured... stupid is forever
2012-07-29 03:26:16 PM  
1 votes:

Gyrfalcon: Yeah, did anyone think they'd just anesthetize the beast, take the hand out of its stomach, and then stitch it up and take it to a recovery pen?.


No, I didn't think or suggest that. I just feel that if you stuff your hand in the face of an apex predator, no one should be falling over themselves to help you get it back.

Tatterdemalian: in reality the gator would have continued aggressively attacking people who had nothing to do with breaking the law, until it got put down.


This, on the other hand, is a good point, and it's something I didn't instinctively think of. It still makes me sad as an animal lover, but there's not much to be done about it.
2012-07-29 03:16:31 PM  
1 votes:

Monty845: Because loosing a hand isn't punishment enough? What a waste of government resources.


He did hang a fish over the side. That is feeding the gator. He fed him a bit more than he intended, but he did feed him. Besides, in jail he will get great medical care on the taxpayers money.
2012-07-29 03:07:40 PM  
1 votes:
He had fish hanging over the boat to attract them...

They aren't charging him for feeding an alligator with his hand.
2012-07-29 03:00:20 PM  
1 votes:
...and *That's* why you never feed the Alligators.
2012-07-29 02:58:05 PM  
1 votes:

Mister Peejay: Check three times to make sure that it can't be accidentally started, check once more for good measure, make sure one more time that the batteries are disconnected, pull the ignition key out and put it in your pocket for good measure..


not even close to OCD enough for me to crawl in there...
2012-07-29 02:52:02 PM  
1 votes:

Monty845: Because loosing a hand isn't punishment enough? What a waste of government resources.


Wouldn't the fine cover the cost and then some?
 
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