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08-01-12, 08:28 PM #1
Airboat captain arrested for feeding the alligator that bit his hand offWeatherholt, a 63-year-old airboat captain in the Florida Everglades, was giving a tour of the area to an Indiana family on June 12 when a 9-foot alligator suddenly sank its teeth into his wrist, severing his hand.
Six weeks later, Weatherholt faces a second-degree misdemeanor charge of feeding the alligator.
Weatherholt drove the boat back to its dock with one hand and was immediately taken to the hospital. His hand was found in the alligator's stomach but could not be reattached, Pino said.
The law against feeding alligators is intended to protect both animals and humans, Pino said. When they are fed, gators lose their fear of humans, he said, and when an alligator becomes dangerous, FWC officers are called in to kill it.
Weatherholt was arrested Friday and faces a fine of up to $500 and a possible jail sentence. He was released after posting $1,000 bail, and is due back in court on Aug. 22.
08-01-12, 08:36 PM #2
That's how you take a bite out of crime.
Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it." -- Frederic Bastiat
"Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter." Ernest Hemingway
08-02-12, 04:29 AM #3
He was just trying to give the gator a hand with a meal.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
We are who we choose to be.
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08-02-12, 08:16 AM #4
08-02-12, 02:27 PM #5
He'd only be able to do it one more time. After that, it'd cost him an arm and a leg.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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"...but to forget your duck, of course, means you're really screwed." - Gary Larson
08-02-12, 03:00 PM #6
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
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