A Florida man is going viral after he used a large trash can to capture a alligator roaming around his neighborhood.
Eugene Bozzi, who just moved to Florida from Philadelphia a year ago, could be seen pushing the open trash can towards the gator and trapping the creature inside before leading the trash can to a nearby lake and letting the gator out. The gator is then seen scurrying into the water.
Throughout the entire ordeal, Bozzi is heard being cheered on by bystanders.
According to WESH, Bozzi is a military veteran. He told the station “I was frightened when I had it in it. It was so powerful, and I didn’t expect that. It was pushing itself out, whipping its tail around,” … however, “Army training kicked in. Get it done, dropping it in, keep moving,” he said.
Although this situation ended without injury, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to remind the public that if they spot an alligator, they can call a professional to capture the creature.
Concerned about an alligator? Don’t grab a garbage can, call our hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286) & we can dispatch a REAL alligator trapper. https://t.co/lTzsDHl6Bq #WorkWithUsHere pic.twitter.com/fZVJ8I6J5a
— MyFWC (@MyFWC) September 29, 2021