“Florida Man,” a popular internet phrase due to wildlife incidents in the state of Sunshine, strikes again, and this time it involves a man, an alligator, and a garbage can.
In a viral video Millions watched, Eugene Bozi, 26, was seen approaching an alligator in an open garbage can. The alligator slowly retreats as Boji is heard to say, “Let me know when you get inside.”
Boji then closes the lid, surprises the alligator, and frightens it as it freaks inside the trash can. The gatekeeper somehow fits inside the container as Boji brings the container to the top and closes the lid on it, even though the onlookers in the vicinity encourage him.
This is a video you have to believe.
Bozi told USA Today that he learned about the alligator from his children, but thought it was a baby alligator. Once he saw how big it was, he knew that his children, as well as other children in the neighborhood, were playing outside his home in Mount Dora, Florida, about 20 miles northwest of Orlando.
“I said, ‘No, I’m removing it because he’s probably hungry,'” Boji said. “The thing that came to my mind was to protect my kids and other kids outside.”
Boji, a U.S. Army veteran, decided to grab a reusable bin from his home in an attempt to trap Gator. He said he initially had a bad angle and Gator could take a shot at him. However, he thinks the bin that hit the guitar’s head dropped it.
“I used the front part like a hippo face,” he said. “I saw that he was more timid and he was lagging behind, so I knew I had an advantage.”
When the gator was secured to the bin, about 40 people watched the encounter and clapped their hands on the bet. He said that even a mother thanked him for her efforts.
People on Twitter felt the same way about the situation, because they realized how bad it could be.
After securing the gator, Boji took it to the swamp with a pond. He kicked the swarm and the alligator crawled away before disappearing into the bushes. Bozi said Gator did not appear to be injured and no one was injured during the event.
Boji said he’s still absorbing all the attention he’s got on social media, but he certainly doesn’t think he’s a hero.
“I think I was doing what I was doing at the time to make me feel more comfortable,” he said.
Although Boji saved people from injury, some people wondered how the gator would feel after being defeated.
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