A Florida man has been arrested after he reportedly lured an alligator out of a pond and beat it with a shovel.
David William Healey, 65, reportedly lured the alligator using raw chicken. Once it was out of the water, he beat it repeatedly using a shovel, and dragged it further away from the water. Eventually he let it go and the animal swam away.
He is now facing a charge of illegally killing, possessing or capturing an alligator. Healey says that he took the action to “protect others” but it is not clear what threat they were facing from the alligator.