Florida man arrested for ‘enticing’ alligator to bite his arm, pouring beer in its mouth

Florida man arrested for ‘enticing’ alligator to bite his arm, pouring beer in its mouth
Noah Osborne, trapper (L); Timothy Kepke, arm-bite enticer. Martin County Sheriff

[Ed. – It’s been a while since we had a good water-reptile-and-beer headline.]

A Hobe Sound man is accused of enticing an alligator to bite his arm and pouring beer into the reptile’s mouth after his friend caught the animal. …

In August, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission got a complaint about Kepke holding an alligator and enticing the reptile to bite his right forearm and then pouring beer in the animal’s mouth, according to a FWC report. …

Kepke told officers Osborne caught the reptile with his bare hands along Ranchwood Street in Palm City about 10 p.m. Aug. 26. After Osborne caught the alligator, Kepke told officers he enticed it to bite him and then poured beer into its mouth.

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The pair then released the gator alive, Kepke told officers.

Kepke also told officers he had a couple of beers, but wasn’t drunk when the incident happened.

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