An 8-foot crocodile escaped from a minibus at the St. Augustine Zoo, leading to a surreal brawl in the middle of a busy Florida A1A highway.
It happened around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, and St. Augustine’s Alligator Zoo reports that a 150-pound crocodile was moved in two minutes to another part of the zoo when he escaped. It happened across the road from the park.
“This animal smashed the rear window of the van and rushed down the road,” the zoo posted on Facebook.
“Our crew acted quickly to bring him back and safely deliver to (his) new habitat. At no time was there any real danger, as the animal’s mouth was secured. “
The zoo added that “so we have extensive training and coaching to prepare for such moments.”
Driver Jessica Stark took out her cell phone and began recording how the crocodile made its way into the well-maintained middle.
Her video, which has been viewed more than 120,000 times as of Feb. 23, shows a tug of war between a crocodile and three zoo staff clinging to a rope. Two women – curator General Anderson and reptile zoo guard Carsin McCready – are credited with taking the reptile under control, but it took as many as five people to return it to the van.
The incident lasted only a few minutes, zoo officials said.
“I was right behind the van when it crawled out,” Stark wrote on Facebook.
“It happened so fast that I thought so a big piece of rubber (I am blind). No, it was a terrible alligator. … He almost did it on the other side! These people from the alligator farm are wild and have coped with it. “
She joked that the reptile politely waited after the “school rush” so as not to delay traffic in the area.
The response on social media to the video shared by the zoo was a combination of fear of fearless female zookeepers and admiration for untamed crocodiles.
There were also a lot of jokes, it seems heading to Budweiser delivery across the road.
“He probably really loves Budweiser!” TJ Jo wrote.
“He fights with two (people) to get another beer. What’s more American than that? ” Dylan Boss published.
“It must have been some scary ride for that alligator to jump out, damn it,” Marcy Tesken said.