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Old 04-13-2017, 10:16 AM   #1
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Exclamation Wild Horse VS Gator

This is 4 miles from my front door.YOU CAN NOT MAKE THIS SHIT UP!!!!!! I am afraid to walk out my front door. I am thinking about moving to Australia because the animals are nicer!

See the film!!!!


http://wsvn.com/news/local/video-cap...-florida-park/
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More puppies, Andy, more puppies.
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More puppies, Andy, more puppies.

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Alan, you want to come to my place to see the Moccasins?!

I am having snake nightmares! The only way I can get to sleep is to think of Korea!
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Seriously andy, did you just find out that there are snakes and gators in Florida? Thought that was somewhat common knowledge...
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"Oh No!" "Just leave him alone" "Is he hurt?" Awe, poor Mr. Gator. Why didn't they go and check on him and love him and hug him all over?
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I grew up in the creeks of Gainesville - I have a hundred ponds of sharks teeth to prove it - but I never got into the SWAMPS!!!!!! I have 16-18" bass out my bathroom window!

I am getting HIVES!
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"Oh No!" "Just leave him alone" "Is he hurt?" Awe, poor Mr. Gator. Why didn't they go and check on him and love him and hug him all over?
Surprised they didn't bundling him into the car and take him to the Ranger station.
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"Oh No!" "Just leave him alone" "Is he hurt?" Awe, poor Mr. Gator. Why didn't they go and check on him and love him and hug him all over?
So, YOU come down to Disney World and walk in the ponds with the alligators!

Or go play golf with the 800 pound piece of meat walking around the greens. A gator can run 30 miles an hour.
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... where they will make him into Gator steaks and handbags.
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So, YOU come down to Disney World and walk in the ponds with the alligators!

Or go play golf with the 800 pound piece of meat walking around the greens. A gator can run 30 miles an hour.
Hey, I side with the horses! I was just laughing about the way the people were talking while they were taking the video. I have mules and they are ruthless when it comes to predators. I'm their biggest fan
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"Oh No!" "Just leave him alone" "Is he hurt?" Awe, poor Mr. Gator.
Why didn't they go and check on him and love him and hug him all over?
Hey that gator could have caught and eaten anyone of those
people but he was just too nice .

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Alan, you want to come to my place to see the Moccasins?!

I am having snake nightmares! The only way I can get to sleep is to think of Korea!
Between spending much of my youth in out west in the desert and my late teenage years in the dank swamps in the east portion of this state I cannot count how many snakes I have killed---i know it's north of 300 rattlers and at least 100 moccasins. Hell, I just about will go stomp on them now.
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We have a lot of really beautiful, scenic rivers in Florida. People bring their own boats and if you don't have one, just about every decent sized body of water has a canoe and kayak rental service.

Water moccasins lurk in the trees that hang over the water, and fall into the boats. You should not row into shallow areas with overhanging trees, no matter how tempting it is to stop for a picnic lunch.

In a past life I was an avid white water kayaker, shooting many Class IV rapids in the northeast. When we moved to Florida I convinced Jason to try a canoe. I pulled up a lot of YouTube videos to show him how to tandem paddle, but he already knows because it is not rocket science and I should watch them because I can't steer worth a damn.

Well, one day, as is our habit on the water, we rowed ourselves into the side of a river and got stuck on a bunch of logs. I scanned the branches above as Jason stood up in the canoe so he could place his foot on the log and push us off. Just as I said, "Don't....!!!!" the canoe tipped and Mike (who was around 2 years old at the time) and I went spilling into the water. Of course, my instinct was to grab Mike. I was looking AT MIKE, not where my own body was falling. Which was, on an alligator. A very big alligator. An alligator big enough to pretend he was a submerged log. Scared the hell out of that poor sleeping alligator, scared the hell out of me, and I got yelled at good for tipping over the canoe.
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This silly video has shown up every where including the international press. This morning they had a story on the local news about the people in the film "being too close" to the alligator and horses. Good grief.

Paynes Prairie is a state park kept in its "natural state." It's full of wild animals. All of which do what wild animals do.

Don't let your dog harass the alligator, don't poke the alligator, and don't feed the alligator and there won't be any problems with the alligator. Do the same thing for the horses as well since they are "wild" too (feral, really).
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Really! I had no idea there were feral horses in Florida. Give me a choice between facing down an angry alligator or a truly feral horse and I will chose the alligator every time.

The Chincoteague Ponies on Assateague are touted as "wild" but they are just untrained. They are very tame and accustomed to people. The firemen bring potential buyers - including children - into the paddocks to walk around and inspect the ponies, without any worries at all.

Feral horses from out west were an entirely different story. Ranchers would truck wild horses to livestock auctions in eastern states when they had droughts, so the horses would not starve to death on the plains. They were REALLY wild, and terribly frightened. Some just hung their heads and huddled pitifully in corners, while others were a ball of anger - stomping around their pen, ears pinned back, snorting and pawing the ground, and charging the fence if a potential buyer came close. Nope. I will take 10 alligators rather than one pissed off mare.
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My impression is that the Paynes Prairie horses are not as "wild" as those from out west mainly because the park simply isn't that big relative to the western states. But they are "wild" in that they and the bison have always been there (kinda, sorta) since the Spanish first arrived nearly five centuries ago.

I wouldn't walk into a pasture full of domestic horses if I did not know them. Cattle either. Large animals have the potential to be dangerous and when they are unknown how can one know what their temperament is?

My three "wild" (feral) pigs just this morning let me scratch their ears for the first time, but then I've been working on domesticating them since we caught them in January. If I'd walked up on them fully grown out in the brush I'd keep my distance!
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Animals will give some sort of warning. Acting disinterested or pretending to ignore you IS part of their body language. You see them. They know you see them. If you still choose to invade their personal space then they have every right to kick your ass. Doesn't matter if they are big or small... ever get dive bombed by a territorial blue jay?
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Paynes Prairie State Park

If you're coming to Florida it's a nice place to visit if you're in the area. There are wild bison (buffalo) in the park as well.
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