Updated: December 16, 2020 12:45:17 pm
A golf player in Florida was caught on camera retrieving a ball from a particularly dangerous hazard: an alligator’s tail. The video of the incident is now widely shared on social media.
Kyle Downes and his brother were at Coral Oaks Golf Course in Cape Coral when the ball landed on the alligator basking in the sun near a lake on the course. Instead of letting go of the ball, Downes approached on tiptoe from behind.
As he picked up the ball, the alarmed reptile hurried back into the water and Downes ran off.
Downes shared the video on Facebook along with a photo of the reptile. “Free delivery?” wrote in the accompanying post.
“He’s going to whip you with that tail guy,” an offscreen man is heard saying.
The alligator, a resident of the golf course, was affectionately named Charlie.
Many on social media thought the man was brave, while others said he was an unnecessary risk.
Downes said NBC News 2, they weren’t opposing the alligator and were just trying to get the golf ball back.
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