Two Florida men capture alligator and pour beer down its throat in an attempt to get it drunk, get charged with animal cruelty
PALM CITY, FLORIDA: Two men from Florida have been accused of trying to capture an alligator from the side of the road, holding it down, and then pouring beer into its mouth.
The accused, 27-year-old Timothy Kepke and 22-year-old Noah Osborne, had allegedly filmed the incident at around 10 pm in Palm City.
During a police report, Kepke had claimed that Osborne had grabbed the animal with his hands. Kepke was bitten by the animal on his right forearm before pouring beer down its throat.
It is yet to be ascertained how big the alligator was. Both men were arrested on October 3 after authorities were made aware of the video that the men had made.
Police authorities have not yet released the video and its unclear whether it was circulated before the men were arrested.
The two have been charged with unlawfully taking an alligator. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had been tipped off about the bizarre incident in August.
According to a report by the New York Post, the cops had ultimately been able to get their hands on the video on September 17 after which they confronted Kepke who confessed to the deed.
According to TCPalm, Kepke had told authorities that Osborne had caught the animal while Kepke had enticed it to bite him. They then poured beer down the alligator's throat which caused the animal to act aggressively.
The pair then proceeded to release the gator alive, Kepke shared with the cops. Even though Kepke confessed that he had a couple of beers before, he shared that he was not drunk at the time that the incident took place.
Kepke added that a female friend was also present with the two men when the alleged episode occurred. Kepke and Osborne were taken to the Martin County Jail with $5,000 and $2,500 bonds. They were released the same day after posting bail.