Don't believe this.

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by shamus, Feb 27, 2004.

  1. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Just received this from my Daughter who lives in Orlando. This is my 6 year old Grandson Jason. When I saw this photo, I nearly died.
  2. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    G'day Jason, looks like you ave that grumpy old croc under control!
  3. Raildog

    Raildog Member

    Wow! That's funny! Gatorland is about a mile from my house! It's a great park. Best value for the money in Orlando...
  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Do ya think you might be getting a pair of alligator boots for your next birthday?:D :D :D
  5. pttom

    pttom Member

    You mean grandpa ain't that tough.:D
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    BTWMatey: Darned gooood lookin' kid! And after seein' him take on that gator, I don't think I'll be messin' with him any time soon.:rolleyes:
  7. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    If he can rope up an alligator with his own two hands, I wonder what would happen to me....
  8. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Shamus,If that was one of my Grandsons I would have some very unkind words to say to my son and daughter-in-law. :mad:

    Well,at least it wasn't a grumpy crock by cricky or he didn't jump in the water to get it.Of course he could be mucking with a King Brown,Cobra,Cotton Mouth Rattlesnake or some other highly venomous snake.I guess I watch Crocodile Hunter to much.Man that Steve Irwin got more nerve then I do as I hit light speed if I see a common black snake or water snake.:eek:
  9. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Hey Larry,
    I'mn sure the title of this thread is supposed to give us a hint
    that some trickery is involved.:D :D :D

    Im sure shamus would voice the same thoughts you did if
    he thought it was real!!!:eek: :eek: :eek:

    You're sure right about Steve havin' a lot of nerve!!!

    I'm a-stayin' in the boat!!!:D :D
  10. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Let me guess, either cement or fiberglass 'gator. No more, no less, no fuss, no muss, no lawsuits...

    Real cool pic though :cool: :cool:
  11. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I'm guessing either that's a stuffed gator or your grandson's last name is Dundee! Fun picture...and I imagine a bit startling the first time seen! :)
  12. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Kids, Don't Try This At Home !

    IF ? This isn't some SPM (Shamus Photo Magic):) :D ...Then the position of the alligator renders him paralyzed. Alligators have no strength to open their jaws, only to close them, and their mouths can be held shut with hardly any effort....Also moving the alligator's head and neck to an upright postion renders him immobile. Jason is probably pretty safe if its real but I sorta lean toward that fiberglass alligator. :) :D :D :D

    But...He's having fun and that's what counts!!!:) :D :D :D
  13. Raildog

    Raildog Member

    You are correct on all counts, Vic. They also tape the jaws closed with electrical tape (under the young gentlemans hands) just in case. At least they did it last time I was there. It is a real aligator. Notice the tail swishes left in the sand.

    They do have a few bigger ones there...

  14. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Anybody Want To Try ?

    Thanks Raildog....I guess I should have mentioned too that if you roll them over and rub their neck and tummys they will go to sleep:D :D :D As you know, actually they are not as fercious as people think. They generally shy away from people and only get "riled up" if you mess with their young or their food or their territory. Captive 'gators like those pay little attention to the spectators and usually are just waiting for the "feed guy" to come around. Otherwise they like to "nap":D :D :D
  15. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Oh yes the damn things real enough, my wife watched in a state of shock whilst the photo was taken.

    As for rolling one over and rubbing the neck and tummy to put it to sleep, forget it, I'll stay in the cold weather of the UK:D:D
  16. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Thats funny, my Daughter and Son-in-law are live only a mile away from Gatorland. Falcon (Something) estate.

  17. Lightbender

    Lightbender Member

    Re: Anybody Want To Try ?

    And sharks become quite docile if turned upside down when they can be manhandled with impunity.

    That's nice. Some things are best left to professionals. If some prehistoric eating machine wants to be somewhere I can find somewhere else to be. I love the wilderness but I won't stray from the footpath.
  18. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    So it's fun, but...

    In fun parks it may be quite accepted to let the kids 'handle' such a beast. The kids want it, the parents pay for it, the park owners are happy - so EVERY park MUST have such 'attractions'.
    In this case you might even pose the question who of the two (kid or croc) is more frightened by the whole procedure. (I wouldn't like to play the role of the croc! :D :D :D) In any case, the whole affair is quite safe for the kids, or else hordes of advocates would have put an end to such a performance years ago! :mad:

    But just the same, as a Biologist I'm strongly against such 'amusements'.
    After all, these animals are living creatures who have also a certain right of dignity. For me an animal is only beautiful in the wilderness or perhaps a big zoological garden with near-nature surroundings for the animals. But ok, so I'm biased and a grumpy ole professor.

    But there's another point of view: I wonder, if such park managers ever realized what could happen, when a kid (who 'played' with such an animal) sees a similar one out in the wilderness and thinks this one would be equally cute to play with. I leave the more or less gory result to your imagination! :eek:

    Every year kids (and grown ups, too) are injured or even killed by bears, because everybody knows Yogi Bear, circus bears or TV-series bears like Ben - and they are sooooo nice and cute and harmless, aren't they? :eek:
    Now if you degrade a big reptile to an amusement gadget, it's even worse. Reptiles are stony-faced, you have no idea what they are thinking and what they are going to do in the next second. (Mammals have at least some facial expressions which can be interpreted.)

    So Paul, I'm on your side. I wouldn't let my grandchild ride such a beast. Or at least I would make every effort to show the kid the difference between such a violated freak-show animal and the real dangerous beasts outside in the swamps and bajous.

  19. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Look at it this way Paul, Your next layout can be called "Little Badger & Gator Flats Railroad" in honor of the feat.

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