A little girl riding on the back of an eight-foot alligator has become the talk of the internet.
The internet simply never ceases to amaze these days. The latest piece of footage to be making viral rounds was apparently taken at a child's birthday party and shows a little girl riding on the back of an alligator.
No really, this actually happened. Check it out!
Usually, when you see this kind of thing the alligator's mouth is bound shut with tape. But it certainly doesn't look like that was the case here. Seems safe doesn't it? Apparently, this gator was owned by a group called "Cold Blooded Creatures" based out of Chicago.
Oh, and the alligator's name? Bubba.
The group's goal is to educate by getting people up close and personal with alligators, snakes and other reptiles.
I get exposing people to animals and nature, but call me crazy, it just doesn't seem like a good idea to have an eight-foot predator with a mouth full of sharp teeth around people unfamiliar with the animals, especially children. Even if this alligator were somehow 100% safe, a young child could easily decide to ride an alligator elsewhere after seeing it done without incident at a birthday party. Not to mention the fact that I can't imagine this gator enjoyed being ridden.
The video has been the subject of much controversy already due to safety issues with the child. Others don't like how the animal is being treated.
What do you think? Is this a dangerous situation to put a child in?