Florida Man Captures Alligator With A Trash Can: “The Steve Irwin Came Out A Bit”

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I’ve lived in Florida for 4 years now, but it still never ceases to amaze me.

Scratch that, Florida Man still never ceases to amaze me…

From shooting out a cable truck’s tires and fighting black bears to using panties for a mask and killing a neighbor’s rooster, the legend of Florida Man continues to grow by the day.

While some of the stories we hear are clearly influenced if not created by, well, meth… sometimes a Florida Man story goes viral for better reasons.

Like this heroic man who wrangled a rouge alligator in a trash can and returned it to a pond across the street.

You may be thinking something along the lines of, “Who in their right mind would ever get close to a literal man-eating dinosaur, let alone close enough to get it in a trash can?” but I’m here to tell you, it’s almost hard not to be close to these things…

They’re everywhere.

Anyway, this gator seems to have made its way across the street and into the yard of a house in a nice suburban community. And if you’re a Florida Man, what else is there to do in that situation but scoop him up and put him back where he belongs, right?

Well, that’s exactly what Eugene Bozzi did.

Bozzi is a combat veteran and says his military training kicked in which helped him remain calm, but he also said he had 7 (!!!)  daughters, which I think is probably the real reason the gator didn’t faze him all that much. Can you imagine?

“To be under pressure, to not panic, and approach the situation and to finish the task and eliminate the threat so you can make the environment around you safe.

That’s kind of what I did in Afghanistan with my other veterans, and I’m proud that I served this country.”

He also had one of the best quotes ever when interviewed by CNN after the incident.

“The Steve Irwin came out a little bit”

I guarantee Steve was smiling down on Eugene after this day…

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock