A now-viral video on TikTok shows an alligator in Florida’s Everglades going up in smoke after chomping on a drone.
In the video posted by TikToker @devhlanger, an alligator catches a drone in mid-air as it hovered overhead and brings it down into the water. Stunned onlookers panicked as the animal began to chew the device. The alligator was then immediately engulfed in thick, white smoke.
“Oh my God, he’s eating it,” one woman is heard saying. “George, no. Don’t eat that!”
It’s unknown if the Gator’s name is George.
“We gotta get out of here,” another unidentified voice says.
According to Newsweek, some viewers have been angered by the now-viral video. Some commenters said they had even reported the creator to the authorities. Despite the TikToker’s claim that the incident occurred in the Everglades, several viewers believe it took place in an area controlled by the National Parks Service, which has an anti-drone policy.
“No, drones and other unmanned aircraft are not allowed in the park, or any other National Park Service site,” Everglades National Park says on its website. “This includes model airplanes, quadcopters, etc.”
In Florida, intentionally injuring or killing an alligator, or attempting to do so, is unlawful. However, in the comments section of “part 2”, the TikToker stated that the incident occurred outside the national park.
“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.”
The fate of the alligator is not known.