Florida Man Triumphantly Lifts Up 8-Foot Alligator After Wrestling Animal in Swimming Pool: 'I Was Kind of Looking Forward to This'

A Florida man removed a more-than-8-foot long alligator from a swimming pool in Parkland with his bare hands on Tuesday.

Paul Bedard—who stars in the Animal Planet show "Gator Boys"—later posted a picture of himself in the pool on Instagram triumphantly holding the gator above his head, WFLA reported.

In Gator Boys, Bedard and his colleague Gabby Scampone trap nuisance alligators which are found in people's backyards, pools, garages and houses. Any that are captured are then taken by the team to the Everglades Holiday Park.

Bedard said that he got a call in the morning from a homeowner who said that an alligator had walked into their swimming pool.

"The gator had walked through the screen and into the pool," Bedard wrote in the Instagram post. "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," he said.

Bedard jumped in the water and played around with the animal until it became tired, according to the post.

"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," he said.

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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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However, Bedard noted that this particular alligator didn't cause him many problems because it was relatively relaxed.

"This guy was super mellow, didn't really give me a hard time at all,"Bedard said. "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 said.

A "death roll" is the infamous manoeuver alligators use to dismember their prey given that that they don't have the ability to chew.

Final measurements of the animal revealed that it was 8 feet 8 inches long. The large reptile has now been re-homed at the Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale.

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An alligator is seen in the Florida Everglades on May 15, 2019 in Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

"It was basically as smooth and easy as it ever gets. Thank you Lord, much appreciated," Bedard said.

In North America, alligators are found across a relatively large range covering all of Florida and Louisiana, as well as large parts of Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas.

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