Yeah. You read it right.
Everglades City, Florida. There’s some weird stuff that goes on down there. A lot of gators in the glades, too. Gators love to eat, and they’re not very discerning about what it is you feed them. Meat with or without bone is all the same.
Wallace Weatherholt (what a name), is a local airboat operator in the glades, and he offers tours of the protected land, showing people the various vegetation, canals, open waters and of course, gators. To coax a gator, he busted out a piece of fish, and let it dangle over the water, impressing a family from Indiana who he had on tour.
The gator took the bait, and a souvenir…in the form of Mr. Weatherholt’s hand.
Weatherholt made it back to Captain Doug’s Airboat Tours, and was treated for his injury. Last Friday, the local PO-lice came looking for him, curious about why he lost his hand. Photographic evidence led police back toward the perp–the perp being Weatherholt–not the gator. Wallace Weatherholt was arrested for a 2nd degree misdemeanor of Unlawful Feeding of an Alligator.
A law enforcement spokesperson expressed condolences for the lost hand, but suggested that the laws are in place to keep things like this from happening.
Definitive insult to injury.