2 Charged With Harassing Wildlife for 'Gator Shotgun'

Men allegedly forced baby alligator to drink beer, blew smoke down its mouth
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 27, 2017 12:23 PM CDT
2 Arrested for Trying to Force Baby Alligator to Drink Beer
Two men have been charged after allegedly posting photos of themselves pouring beer down a baby alligator's mouth to social media.   (South Carolina Department of Natural Resources)

Two men in South Carolina who admitted to blowing smoke into a young alligator's mouth and pouring beer down its throat have been charged with harassing wildlife, the AP reports. State Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Kyndel McConchie said Friday that 20-year-old Joseph Floyd Jr. and 21-year-old Zachary Brown admitted to officers that they picked up the alligator after they saw it crossing the road. McConchie said the two Ridgeland men also acknowledged posting photos of their actions on social media. Authorities said Floyd told officers they released the alligator and watched it swim away in a nearby pond. The misdemeanor charge of harassing wildlife carries a maximum fine of $300. The Island Packet reports concerned citizens tipped off the Department of Natural Resources. (More alligator stories.)

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