Man Drags Alligator Through Park With Bare Hands in Wild Video

A video posted on Facebook showed a man approaching an alligator and dragging it by its tail in a park in Savannah, Georgia.

The 26-minute long video showed Marquell White approaching the alligator until he eventually took hold of its tail and dragged it through a park before reaching a body of water where he let go.

According to an alligator fact sheet published by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, there are between 200,000 and 250,000 alligators living in a variety of wetlands throughout the state.

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A video posted on Facebook shows a man dragging an alligator through a park with his bare hands. Here, a stock image of an alligator. Alex Pankratov/iStock

"They are found in marshes, swamps, rivers, farm ponds and lakes in the wild, but also have been found in ditches, neighborhoods, drainage canals, roadways, golf course ponds and sometimes in swimming pools," the agency reported.

A nuisance alligator program was started in 1989, which involves licensed trappers to capture and harvest certain nuisance alligators measuring four feet or larger.

"A nuisance alligator is one that (1) is located outside of its normal range, (2) has been fed, intentionally or not, by humans, or (3) become so habituated to humans that they no longer move away from humans or become aggressive," the department said.

A spokesperson with the department wrote to Newsweek that they hope those who see alligators find it "amazing," but said they should exercise caution.

"At no time should you ever feed an alligator or approach an alligator and try to make contact with it," they said.

In the video, White walked up to the alligator and batted at it with a pair of pants. The alligator's mouth opened and jumped at White as it hissed.

This went on for several minutes until White walked behind the alligator, grabbed it by the tail, and dragged it out of the foliage, past a swingset and through an outdoor eating area.

He tossed the alligator and it whipped around. When it landed, the gator was facing a body of water, which it immediately got into before swimming away.

White told CBS affiliate station WTOC that he did not want the alligator to attack anyone, though he felt some nerves during the encounter.

"It was a healthy fear, I respected the power I knew the gator had," White told the station.

Newsweek reached out to Marquell White for comment.

There have been other reported encounters between humans and toothy reptiles.

A video showed an Australian pub owner fighting off a crocodile by hitting it on its head with a frying pan.

A police officer in Georgia was seen releasing an alligator into a river after it was first caught on a resident's porch.

Another alligator was captured by police when it was found attempting to get into a community pool.