SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL (WCMH) — Visitors at the Saint Augustine Animal Farm are trying to understand how and why a man jumped into a pond full of crocodiles.
He was in the enclosure for hours and surveillance video shows him jumping into the water.
When staffers showed up to the park in the morning, they found a pair of shorts. They assumed it was part of a prank until they spotted blood and called police.
Video shows the moment he was attacked by one of the 12-foot reptiles.
You can see the animal thrashing about biting his foot.
Later, you can see the man writhing in pain, and trying to make a daring escape by straddling a fence.
Jeff Black would later find the man, wandering around his home.
“As soon as we encountered the guy, we knew something was strange was going on,” Black told WAWS.
He says neighbors assumed the man was on drugs or alcohol.
“I think his thing was he kept saying, ‘I was held hostage in a place that had a pool with gators,'” said Black.
The man was taken to an area hospital for treatment and when he is medically cleared, police say he will be taken to jail.