When you picnic in Florida, you should always be prepared for the possibility that an alligator will show up uninvited. That’s exactly what happened to this couple’s picnic, when an alligator crashed their intimate date and began helping itself to their salami, guacamole, watermelon, grapes, and cheese. The picnic had been planned by Taylor Forte for her fiance, Trevor Walters, who will soon leave for 10 weeks in the Marines. And no, they didn’t stick around to share their meal with the gator.
She told local CBS affiliate WGFL, “We were in shock, so we just like, hauled tail the other way and watched it happen.”
“He annihilated an entire block of cheese. Gobbled it down, lickety-split. The salami didn’t stand a chance,” said Walters. “And then the worst part, he goes over, we had a big bowl of guac made. He eats the whole bowl. He put the whole bowl in his mouth.”
To scare off the gator, Walters made a lot of noise and made himself look big and threatening — much like the recommended method of warding off bears — and it worked. The gator retreated into the water, though unfortunately, it had already eaten everything in sight.
Karen Parker of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission advised that you should never feed an alligator, because when they’re fed once, they lose their fear of approaching humans and can cause problems. In cases like this, Parker said, “We call our trappers and they catch the gator that’s causing problems. They keep the gator for its hide and meat.”