A MAN who jumped into an alligator enclosure at an amusement park was slammed for his behavior.
The incident happened Wednesday at the Busch Gardens location in Tampa, Florida.
The unidentified man jumped two fences to shoot a video.
Nick Reid filmed and posted the entire incident clip on his Instagram account (@eightone threetv).
“He caused quite a stir and got within five feet of an alligator,” Reid said WFLA.
Several people could be heard urging the man to leave the enclosure.
“It’s very dangerous. Please come out,” said a passerby.
The man responded with a joke in a thick Australian accent.
“Another wild Karen, bastard,” he said.
Busch Gardens condemned the man’s behavior, saying his actions put him and the animals in danger.
“We will not tolerate this apparent disregard for our safety rules and are cooperating with law enforcement on this matter,” the theme park said in a statement to WFLA.
“The safety and welfare of our guests, ambassadors and animals remain our top priority.”
Many Twitter commentators also criticized the man and his stunt.
“And if the alligator bites him, the alligator will be killed,” said one called.
“This is a good opportunity to get a lifetime ban from Busch Gardens and probably all of the company’s other parks.” called other.
Another Twitter user found the situation quite humorous.
“Probably before there was too much bush and not enough gardens,” they said called.
A commenter also noted that alligators are very common in Florida.
“When you’re in Florida, you’re in an alligator habitat,” they say called.
“There are millions of them.”
For the past decade, there have been an average of eight unprovoked alligator bites per year in Florida. TCPalm reported.
The odds of a Florida resident being seriously injured in an unprovoked alligator attack are one in 3.1 million.
Busch Gardens and the Tampa Police Department did not immediately respond to the US Sun’s request for comment.