A fearless trapper wrestled an alligator bigger than him out of a swimming pool.
Paul Bedard even held the giant male reptile aloft after removing it from a family’s home in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday.
Bedard, who works for removal firm Gator Boys, said he wrestled with the creature to tire him out and stop him injuring himself after being hauled back onto dry land.
The ballsy specialist even said he was ‘kind of looking forward’ to meeting the gator after getting a call about the job.
Bedard explained that it is relatively easy to trap gators in pools, because the water is far clearer than in the creatures’ swampy natural habitat, and because the space is so enclosed.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘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.’
Bedard added: ‘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 de̳a̳t̳h̳ 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.’
And the trapped alligator is set for a happy ending, after being taken to the Gator Boys sanctuary for nuisance alligators who’ve lost their wariness of humans.