In the video, posted by the account @devhlanger, an alligator can be seen taking down a drone as it hovers over, with shocked onlookers panicking as the animal begins to chew the device. The alligator, who can be seen chomping into the drone’s battery, suddenly becomes shrouded in smoke. “Oh my God, he’s eating it,” a woman can be heard saying in the video. “George, no. Don’t eat that!” It is unclear whether the Gator’s name is actually George.
As reported by Newsweek, the now-viral video has angered some viewers. Some people in the comment section claimed they’ve even reported the creator to local authorities. Despite the TikToker saying the incident went down in the Everglades, some viewers believe it occurred in an area that is actually controlled by the National Parks Service, where there is an anti-drone policy.
“No, drones and other unmanned aircraft are not allowed in the park, or any other National Park Service site,” the website for Everglades National Park says, according to the publication. “This includes model airplanes, quadcopters, etc.”
The creator said that the incident was accidental.
“This is outside a national park … this is on a tour … I’m clearly filming the drone x flying the drone … [it was] accidental … direct your anger towards alligator farms,” @devhlanger wrote in the part 2 comment section of the TikTok.
@devhlanger added that “George” is fine and “still looked hungry after.” It’s currently unclear of the gator is still doing fine after seemingly consuming the drone.
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