Floridians Now Renting Alligators to Swim in Pools for Kids' Parties

Categories: WTF Florida
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via Bay News 9
While the rest of the world may throw a side-eye our way and think, "Oh, Florida, you backwards swamp," the native Floridian in us reads this kind of a news story and thinks, "Umm ... this is kind of awesome."

Apparently a Florida entrepreneurial genius, Bob Barrett, owner of Alligator Attractions in Madeira Beach, has come up with a hot new trend for entertainment of kids' pool parties: letting actual alligators loose in the pool to swim with the children.

"You say, 'Well, we're gonna have a party,'" Barrett told Bay News 9. "They go, 'That's nice.' But you say, 'We're going to have a pool party with a gator.' They go, 'What?' Everybody comes."

Indeed, where is our invite?

The alligators used are juveniles, and their mouths are taped shut during the parties. They also have fun names like Burger, Fido and Kermit. Barrett claims that he teaches participants alligator safety first, and says that the chlorine doesn't bother the gators.

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via Bay News 9
"We had the idea of, well, if we do a home, and they have a pool, let's put the gator in the pool," Barrett claims. "People were very leery at the beginning, but it has taken off and people just enjoy it."

Of course, not everyone thinks it's the greatest idea. The Fish and Wildlife Commission is now investigating the idea after news of the parties hit the web.

The FWC tells Bay News 9 that while all of Barrett's permits are up to code, it plans to inspect the business. Barrett and his staff say that's just fine and they plan to cooperate.

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idellagarza
idellagarza

Even if a pool has a wonderful balustrade or glass fencing Perth, I would never want my kids go near an alligator. There are other fun ways like swimming with our dog rather than this cold blooded specie.

jeffery.haynes101
jeffery.haynes101

Even if they buy pool covers for that I will still not try it. The alligators look cute but it is not right to tape their mouth just to have fun with them there are other ways than this.

alejandro.grande101
alejandro.grande101

I wouldn’t want to swim with crocodiles in concrete pools in Perth even if they are still small. I know they are cute but we can never tell what will happen if they suddenly get angry.

buttgazoo
buttgazoo

Right back at you.... CANCER.

buttgazoo
buttgazoo

I always thought that Gators, "once endangered" weren't supposed to be screwed with by rank amateur's?? And ANYONE who would expose a Gator of any size to under age children in a swimming pool filled with both Chlorine and Muriatic Acid is both a rank amateur and a BORN fool... Idiot. Where were the Florida Park and Game Official's?? Why isn't this against the Law??

jamie_gaskins
jamie_gaskins

@mfeathers To be honest, I was afraid your link was another bath-salts/cannibalism incident.

jamie_gaskins
jamie_gaskins

@mfeathers If they'd just wait long enough, one will wander into their pool on its own.

beti22
beti22

@emijnsbergen Shit! Begin gelijk een zwembad te graven voor de Lange Jan, waar anders laat je die alligators? #rarewereld #deoudstebijna13

Tom Berry
Tom Berry

what could possibly go wrong?!

Eduardo Lorié
Eduardo Lorié

Please, nothing is wrong with a little baby alligator

GrimBrotherOne
GrimBrotherOne

@SixOkay @TheAlexKnapp Lol... Native Floridian here. Sigh...

bcaulfield
bcaulfield

Hey, @MailOnline, here's a story for you RT @TheAlexKnapp What could possibly go wrong? http://t.co/QuzHcMvE #alligators #kids #poolparties

William Cutt
William Cutt

Who in their right mind, would want this for their child? My primal/parental instinct is protect.. I don't understand.

Roy Suchogorski
Roy Suchogorski

DUMB ASSES...gators are not to be associated with humans and/or food !!!!!!!!!!!

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

to be filed in "only in dumbass florida"

Kimberly Martin Arauz
Kimberly Martin Arauz

Thankfully the mouths are taped. Cool idea. However ppl are not supposed to feed alligators because getting them used to being friendly is kind of hazard. Teaching alligators its okay to swim in our pools might be kind of scary. Im guessing these party gators with be kept in captivity. Not to be set free back into the wild. Crocks have already began to migrate inland to our canals. Lets hope these party gators dont have that same opportunity.

Tanya C Davis
Tanya C Davis

Rent them?? Why when they're already in the pond out back.

Mike Evans
Mike Evans

I didn't know Steve Irwin was still alive

AnaCampos
AnaCampos

New Times please add a follow up if the FWC uses their brain on this one and shuts this dumb idea down. 

ernest402
ernest402

@milkmaid58 @miaminewtimes renting alligators to swim in kids pools accident editing to happen

drkbndr
drkbndr

@Ale_Mil uh thank you Jesus we don't have a pool or else we'd go broke...

joelrunyon
joelrunyon

@BitsofBeauty i don't' see any way how that could end poorly

Cancer
Cancer

 @buttgazoo Oh buttgazoo... I take your opinions seriously because of the nature of your name. HEEYYOOOOO!

emijnsbergen
emijnsbergen

@beti22 er is nog steeds plek in het zwembad aan de Zuidsingel, al zal dat niet meer lang duren...

SixOkay
SixOkay

@GrimBrotherOne @TheAlexKnapp Oh, cool! Someone to blame! :D

The_Yeti_Knows
The_Yeti_Knows

 @AnaCampos Anyone wants to bump blowholes with a manatee, my wife is free Sunday for an hour or two, only cost you a bucket of fish heads 

milkmaid58
milkmaid58

@ernest402 @miaminewtimes Poor alligators!!! Darn kids pee in pools.....

Ale_Mil
Ale_Mil

@drkbndr lmao! My thoughts too! Plus, who knows what the new "thing" will be when he is older...riding tigers or playing with sharks

BitsofBeauty
BitsofBeauty

@joelrunyon so you're renting one for your next party, right? Maybe adult sized for the grown ups.

beti22
beti22

@emijnsbergen Bedankt voor de tip! En ik heb daar wel vaker een alligator gezien ;)

GrimBrotherOne
GrimBrotherOne

@SixOkay @TheAlexKnapp I'm okay with being the scapegoat. Just means more job security, lol.

joelrunyon
joelrunyon

@BitsofBeauty i'm getting one as a pet

davidwicks23
davidwicks23

I have one as a pet. Check out my YouTube channel. It's the same name I use here.

joelrunyon
joelrunyon

@BitsofBeauty its a recurring theme

BitsofBeauty
BitsofBeauty

@joelrunyon yes you've showed me this before :p

BitsofBeauty
BitsofBeauty

@joelrunyon Very "Clarissa Explains It All" of you... Are you taking it skydiving?

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