Florida Alligator Gets Into High Speed Chase With… A Remote-Controlled Toy Boat

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Oh Florida… you never cease to amaze me.

There’s just no state like the “Sunshine State.” That’s the nickname that most people know Florida by, but I think you could toss in a couple of other different monikers and people would still know what state you’re talking about. Want some examples?

-The “Swamp A** State”

-The “Man Does Deranged, Headline-Worthy Thing State”

-The “Alligator State”

-America’s Appendage

Go ahead and tell me I’m wrong in saying that any of those things could be given as the state’s description and you’d immediately know it was Florida. I’d say the only confusing one could be the “Swamp A**” one, but I think the swamp portion could clue people to the state that’s home to the Everglades National Park.

And speaking of the Everglades (and alligators, since that was included in the above list), this post from the Everglades Holiday Park shows how crazy the new normal is in Florida. The boat touring agency located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida makes sure to post strange videos from throughout the state from time to time, and this one is no exception.

It’s no secret that alligators are some of the fiercest predators on the planet. One of their death rolls could do in a number of different animals, as long as the gators can catch them in the first place. Alligators are exceptional swimmers, able to hit top speeds of 20 miles per hour in the water. Surprisingly, they can also hold their own on land as well with top speeds of 30 miles per hour, albeit in short bursts.

However, the gator in this video was not fast enough to catch up with a small remote-controlled boat that a man standing just on shore was driving around a Florida pond. The alligator hilariously zeroed in on the RC vessel, but couldn’t ever catch up with it. You’ve got to hand it to the guy operating the little boat… he knew some maneuvers.

And I have to say, he got pretty cocky with the boat later on in the clip. The evading eventually turned into harassing as the man drove the boat extremely close to the gator’s snout, and at one point even drove it in circles around the frustrated alligator. Some could argue that this is a form of wildlife harassment, but how about we just chalk it up as a good form of exercise for the gator, shall we?

Check it out:

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