Some parents thought it was a good idea to let their child ride on the back of an 8-foot-long alligator during a birthday party entertained by a US group spreading awareness about the reptiles.
The incident apparently took place at a “Cold Blooded Creatures” event, run by a Chicago-based group that often holds events where people can get into close proximity with alligators, Yahoo News reported.
The Cold Blooded Creatures Facebook page shows its founder, Jim Nesci, performing at school assemblies and even Christmas parties with various reptiles. Nesci says he runs his “Reptile Education” programs under the motto “conservation through education.” The self-taught reptile expert keeps a number of giant creatures, including gators, snakes, lizards and tortoises, in his own house.
Nesci is often filmed alongside Bubba, the 8-feet long, 200-pound North American Alligator said to be “the one and only”gator that takes commands from his owner. Bubba has become somewhat a TV celebrity, and has also appeared on screen with the late Australian animal expert “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, who was Nesci’s friend.