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(Orlando Sentinel)   A 7-foot alligator breaks through a school fence, and rather than wait for a trapper, one mother decided to wrestle it to the ground in order to protect the children   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 65
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2013-03-23 09:22:37 AM
Wrestle it to the ground? This is the famous flying alligator we're talking about? Or was it just walking upright?
 
2013-03-23 12:09:52 PM
Typical day in Florida. Wait, where's the Florida tag? The Florida tag trumps all other tags when the story takes place in Florida.
 
2013-03-23 12:25:17 PM
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2013-03-23 01:23:25 PM
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2013-03-23 01:25:23 PM
I am sure there is a school rule about wrestling alligators on school property that will come into play here.  I see a suspension coming.
 
2013-03-23 01:25:56 PM
You don't have to do much to wrestle an alligator to the ground...what is that, like a 3-inch adjustment?  Not saying she wasn't brave or anything, just that maybe that wasn't the best choice of terminology, subby.
 
2013-03-23 01:26:00 PM
Little Sheba?
 
2013-03-23 01:27:24 PM
Where was Spiderman?
 
2013-03-23 01:27:32 PM
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2013-03-23 01:27:44 PM

Walker: Typical day in Florida. Wait, where's the Florida tag? The Florida tag trumps all other tags when the story takes place in Florida.


This20.
 
GBB
2013-03-23 01:28:15 PM
That's not very sportsman like.  She should have faced the gator toe-to-toe, like god intended.
 
2013-03-23 01:28:41 PM
Completely staged
 
2013-03-23 01:28:52 PM
Choot em, Choot em.
 
2013-03-23 01:29:26 PM
Daughter of Amos Moses?
 
2013-03-23 01:29:28 PM
farking autoloading video :(
 
2013-03-23 01:29:55 PM
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Why are the good ones always married already?
 
2013-03-23 01:31:13 PM
Bootstraps Mother, instead of the usual pants-wetting while waiting for the guvment to show up.
 
2013-03-23 01:34:38 PM
So how long until she's brought up on charges for not waiting for the proper authorities?
 
2013-03-23 01:36:04 PM
A 7 foot alligator is pretty small.  I still wouldn't want to, and most people probably wouldn't, making the mom pretty brave, but I'm willing to bet virtually any normal sized adult would be able to take it (at least on land).  We're talking probably a little under 100 pounds.
 
2013-03-23 01:36:33 PM

sheep snorter: Bootstraps Mother, instead of the usual pants-wetting while waiting for the guvment to show up.


Nice try, but seeing as she works for government I give you 3/10.
 
2013-03-23 01:37:08 PM
Great method by the deputy to approach slow from behind, straddle between the legs with full weight, and press down on the mouth from overhead. If you do not know some basics to wrangle an alligator and live in Florida, learn; alligators are dangerous apex predators throughout Florida, but have some... exploits.
 
2013-03-23 01:38:39 PM

Okoboji: So how long until she's brought up on charges for not waiting for the proper authorities?


I was thinking something similar, then I RTFA and turns out she's a cop, and therefor is,IMO the proper authority. Especially considering the decades of self training she has.
 
2013-03-23 01:43:40 PM
""I wanted to be with my brother, so I had to be tough," Jessica said."

*dueling banjos*
 
2013-03-23 01:43:59 PM

Okoboji: So how long until she's brought up on charges for not waiting for the proper authorities?


in 5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1..
 
2013-03-23 01:44:44 PM
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I'm impressed that she didn't just shoot it to death like 99.9% of cops would have.
This lucky gator gets a second chance with a relocation, and hopefully the memory that coming close to humans is an unpleasant experience.
 
2013-03-23 01:48:58 PM
Too much work.

Easier to "Just knock 'em in the head with a stump".
 
2013-03-23 01:50:19 PM

diaphoresis: Okoboji: So how long until she's brought up on charges for not waiting for the proper authorities?

in 5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1..



LOL! She's a cop.

Hell, she could prolly get away with riding a manatee.
 
2013-03-23 01:52:24 PM
"Down in Lou-isi-anner, where the alligators grow so mean - there lived a little girl and I swear to the world, she made the alligators look tame..."

/Polk County Annie?

//I know; wrong county and wrong state
 
2013-03-23 01:53:20 PM
Won't somebody think of the childr...oh.
 
2013-03-23 01:53:21 PM
This is just as bad as that stupid shark wrestling story. The article didn't imply that a child was in imminent danger. It would have been an inconvenience to keep kids away from the are but its not like she rescued a kid right as the alligator was going to chomp down on it.
 
2013-03-23 01:55:19 PM
Kudos, lady deputy! I never wrassled a gator, but I used to catch snakes all the time when I
was a kid.I was forever trying to rescue critters. Birds, mice, you name it.

My husband is scared to death of critters. The only thing that doesn't phase him are roaches
and palmetto bugs. Which is good, because they squick me right the hell out. I don't know
why, because they didn't use to bother me when I was a kid. Same thing with spiders. They
give me the heebie jeebies now, but I was the kid that would crawl under the back porch and
play with the daddy longlegs.
 
2013-03-23 02:01:10 PM

Vangor: Great method by the deputy to approach slow from behind, straddle between the legs with full weight, and press down on the mouth from overhead. If you do not know some basics to wrangle an alligator and live in Florida, learn; alligators are dangerous apex predators throughout Florida, but have some... exploits.


Evidently she has had a lot of experience.

The pair used to capture alligators for fun as they were growing up off Oswalt Road south of Clermont back when U.S. Highway 27 was two lanes.

"I wanted to be with my brother, so I had to be tough," Jessica said.

Her mother used to get annoyed when they proudly dragged their catch up to the front door. "You can't just catch those and bring them home," her very practical mom would patiently explain.
 
2013-03-23 02:06:16 PM
"Ma, there's a gator in the house!"

"A gator?  Gimme that shovel!"

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2013-03-23 02:12:32 PM
Alligators, despite being one of the fiercest predators on the planet, are quite susceptible to the Figure-4 Leglock. :P

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2013-03-23 02:14:31 PM

St_Francis_P: Wrestle it to the ground? This is the famous flying alligator we're talking about? Or was it just walking upright?


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2013-03-23 02:30:14 PM
Can you imagine what a woman who wrestles gators is like in the sack?

Dang that's hot!
 
2013-03-23 02:40:16 PM
God, she must be like 9 ft tall.
 
2013-03-23 02:41:56 PM

Captain Steroid: Alligators, despite being one of the fiercest predators on the planet, are quite susceptible to the Figure-4 Leglock. :P

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www.wwe.com

WOOO!
 
2013-03-23 02:41:57 PM

Emposter: A 7 foot alligator is pretty small.  I still wouldn't want to, and most people probably wouldn't, making the mom pretty brave, but I'm willing to bet virtually any normal sized adult would be able to take it (at least on land).  We're talking probably a little under 100 pounds.


Uh, those six-seven footers are a hell of a lot faster and can be a helluva lot more difficult to handle than the larger ones.

/btdt
//I'd let her touch my lizard
///G.R.I.T.S !
 
2013-03-23 02:48:03 PM
Alright, round 2, stingrays
 
2013-03-23 02:48:14 PM
I'd let her wrestle me to the ground.
 
2013-03-23 02:51:08 PM

Vangor: Great method by the deputy to approach slow from behind, straddle between the legs with full weight, and press down on the mouth from overhead. If you do not know some basics to wrangle an alligator and live in Florida, learn; alligators are dangerous apex predators throughout Florida, but have some... exploits.


Are alligators really apex predators?  I mean, I guess they are technically, but it's so hard to give the title to such a clumsy beast.
 
2013-03-23 02:52:34 PM

illannoyin: Can you imagine what a woman who wrestles gators is like in the sack?

Dang that's hot!


A lesbian?
 
2013-03-23 02:58:24 PM

Kahabut: Vangor: Great method by the deputy to approach slow from behind, straddle between the legs with full weight, and press down on the mouth from overhead. If you do not know some basics to wrangle an alligator and live in Florida, learn; alligators are dangerous apex predators throughout Florida, but have some... exploits.

Are alligators really apex predators?  I mean, I guess they are technically, but it's so hard to give the title to such a clumsy beast.


You may change your tune if you ever go swimming with a hungry one. All the anacondas let loose are feeding on gaters, and those snakes get rather large.
 
2013-03-23 03:01:13 PM

weirdneighbour: Kahabut: Vangor: Great method by the deputy to approach slow from behind, straddle between the legs with full weight, and press down on the mouth from overhead. If you do not know some basics to wrangle an alligator and live in Florida, learn; alligators are dangerous apex predators throughout Florida, but have some... exploits.

Are alligators really apex predators?  I mean, I guess they are technically, but it's so hard to give the title to such a clumsy beast.

You may change your tune if you ever go swimming with a hungry one. All the anacondas let loose are feeding on gaters, and those snakes get rather large.


If I see either Anaconda or Alligator over here in the PACIFIC, I'm going to wet myself.  That is at least one of the reasons I live on this coast.
 
2013-03-23 03:10:53 PM
Kahabut:  -Are alligators really apex predators?  I mean, I guess they are technically, but it's so hard to give the title to such a clumsy beast.

Despite what subby's mother says, size matters

At about 9-10 ft.- plus, everything that lives is food.
 
2013-03-23 03:12:25 PM

Kahabut: weirdneighbour: Kahabut: Vangor: Great method by the deputy to approach slow from behind, straddle between the legs with full weight, and press down on the mouth from overhead. If you do not know some basics to wrangle an alligator and live in Florida, learn; alligators are dangerous apex predators throughout Florida, but have some... exploits.

Are alligators really apex predators?  I mean, I guess they are technically, but it's so hard to give the title to such a clumsy beast.

You may change your tune if you ever go swimming with a hungry one. All the anacondas let loose are feeding on gaters, and those snakes get rather large.

If I see either Anaconda or Alligator over here in the PACIFIC, I'm going to wet myself.  That is at least one of the reasons I live on this coast.


No Great Whites out that way? There's your apex predator.
 
2013-03-23 03:15:19 PM

Kahabut: Vangor: Great method by the deputy to approach slow from behind, straddle between the legs with full weight, and press down on the mouth from overhead. If you do not know some basics to wrangle an alligator and live in Florida, learn; alligators are dangerous apex predators throughout Florida, but have some... exploits.

Are alligators really apex predators?  I mean, I guess they are technically, but it's so hard to give the title to such a clumsy beast.


They're natural sprinters. Very dangerous over short distances.

/only partially kidding. They're faster than they look.
 
2013-03-23 03:17:36 PM

Kahabut: Are alligators really apex predators?  I mean, I guess they are technically, but it's so hard to give the title to such a clumsy beast.


Alligators are powerful ambush predators in the water who cause (alongside other crocodilians) the highest amount of human deaths of any animal when you eliminate the spread of disease or use of venom which means through direct injury alone. Several thousand people a year have limbs torn off or are dragged into the water by them because the sheer strength of their jaws and patience. The animals will attack anything including elephants, great cats, etc.. Not clumsy at all, merely designed to bite, hold, drag, and roll. About the only threat to them is from invasive pythons, and this is because pythons don't give a damn about being held, dragged, or rolled.
 
2013-03-23 03:27:30 PM

Vangor: Kahabut: Are alligators really apex predators?  I mean, I guess they are technically, but it's so hard to give the title to such a clumsy beast.

Alligators are powerful ambush predators in the water who cause (alongside other crocodilians) the highest amount of human deaths of any animal when you eliminate the spread of disease or use of venom which means through direct injury alone. Several thousand people a year have limbs torn off or are dragged into the water by them because the sheer strength of their jaws and patience. The animals will attack anything including elephants, great cats, etc.. Not clumsy at all, merely designed to bite, hold, drag, and roll. About the only threat to them is from invasive pythons, and this is because pythons don't give a damn about being held, dragged, or rolled.


I heard Hippos like to take on humans too. They are right up there with the crocs even surpassing in human deaths.
/so the nature shows I watch say.
 
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