OCOEE, FL (NBC) — A very large, cantankerous alligator that trappers secured with zip-ties in Central Florida was not going down without a fight.
Florida Fish and Wildlife officers trapped, subdued and hog-tied the nine-foot gator last month near Orlando. It had been roaming a neighborhood where children ride their bikes and play outside — so the gator had to go.
Officers and a trapper were ready to load the back of a pickup truck with their catch, but the gator had other ideas. Just as it was being placed, you can see it head-butt the trapper — sending his glasses flying off his head, and knocking him to the ground.
The trapper was knocked out for about three or four seconds.
They were eventually able to get the gator on the truck using a wench to drag it up, instead of lifting it.