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January 2

October 10 Florida man accused of forcing small alligator

PALM CITY, Florida (AP). Authorities say they arrested a Florida man who provoked a small alligator to bite his hand and poured beer into the animal’s mouth.

News outlets report that 27-year-old Timothy Kapke and 22-year-old Noah Osborne were charged last week with illegal use of the alligator.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers launched an investigation in August following a complaint from Osborne who had caught an alligator in Palm City and turned over to Cap. A cap appears in the video to allow the reptile to bite its forearm. The video also shows Kepke feeding the alligator a beer while he fights. When officers interviewed Kepke last month, he reportedly admitted to being in the video and said the alligator was alive when they released it.

The men were released on bail. The prison records did not list their lawyers.

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