Videos and pictures posted to social media shows Vicki Reamy Baker’s close encounter with an alligator at Silver Springs State Park in Central Florida last week.
She captioned her photo on social media, writing “someone has been feeding this one and made him very dangerous. He tried to bite my board.”
"Baker told ABC 7 that she was trying to taker her friends, who were visiting from out of state, to go see the monkeys. However, plans changed quickly when this gator became too friendly. “It was almost like a dog coming up wanting me to throw a treat. It just scared me to death. I got him away and then he came right back, he just turned around and came right back I didn’t have time to do anything,” Baker stated...
Jill Spuria, a gator handler at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, explained, “There was probably someone that was feeding that alligator, so it was used to people, and that’s why it was going up to her thinking that she maybe had food. Or since it was recently filmed, perhaps she was protecting her nest if it was in fact a female alligator.” Spuria went on to explain that it is baby alligator season.
The incident has sparked an investigation into the alligator because if a gator is fed by humans then attacks a human it will be put down. This serving as a good reminder to never feed wild animals, especially alligators. It’s illegal."