Army veteran traps gator in trash can
A US Army The veteran became the new “Florida Man” sensation after a video of him catching an alligator from a trash can went viral.
“The only thing that came to my mind was to protect my children and the other children outside”, Eugene Bozzi, 26, Recount United States today.
How did he do it?
“Army training has started,He told CBS3 in Philadelphia.
“Just do it, drop it in there and keep moving,” said Bozzi, from Philadelphia.
According to ABC7NY.com, Bozzi’s children were biking and playing outside his Orange County, Florida home when Bozzi’s daughter alerted him to the unwanted intruder.
“My daughter came to get me. I couldn’t really see him, so I got closer to him, and he pulled back a bit, and I was like, ‘he’s pretty fat,’ ”Bozzi told ABC News. From there, Bozzi jumped into action to defend his kids, well, as much as he could jump in flip flops, that is.
“I was going to put my shoes on. I had flip flops; everyone is laughing at me (for that), ”said Bozzi. To combat the underworld predator, Bozzi accentuated his combat flip flops with a weapon of opportunity.
“Let me collect the trash!” ” he said.
From there, the fight between Bozzi and the former predator began. It was claws and jaws full against flip flops and the best anti-alligator prescription on the market: a city-issued trash can.
Using the trash can, Bozzi was able to support the alligator while waiting for the alligator to approach the box. Once the alligator’s head was inside the box, it dropped the lid, causing the animal to jump inside, trapping it.
“It was like two six-year-old boys were trying to get out of there. You know the six year old boys, you can’t hold them back, ”said Bozzi WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.
After removing the threat to his children, the next question was what to do with an alligator trapped in a trash can. According to ABC News, Bozzi, who grew up in North Philadelphia and lived in Florida for about a year, had the answer. He would take her to where he thought he came from: the waterline in front of his house.
When Bozzi approached the waterline, he told ABC News it was the first time he was scared during the entire confrontation.
“When I got down on the hill I thought ‘if I put it down there might be three more in the bushes,” Bozzi said.
So, Bozzi quickly dropped the can and ran away, returning moments later to retrieve both his can and the trash that had spilled from the encounter.
No humans or alligators were injured during the brief but intense encounter, exactly as Bozzi intended.
“I love all animals. I don’t care how vicious they are, how heavy they are, how small they are; we are connected in one way or another. We are on this planet. I think it was my duty to protect everyone and the animal did well, ”said Bozzi.
Bozzi’s alligator grapple became such a famous Florida Man incident that it even inspired a song.
Written by Jonathan Mann, who calls himself the “Song A Day Mann” and claims to have written one song a day for “12 Years and 277 Days” (or 4,657 songs for those who count the score), his ode à Bozzi has garnered over 177,000 views on YouTube.
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James R. Webb is a rapid response reporter for Military Times. He served as an infantryman in the US Navy in Iraq. In addition, he worked as a legislative assistant in the US Senate and as an integrated photographer in Afghanistan.