Man jailed for feeding alligator in Florida

Wallace Weatherholt 
By: Moses Gold 

A man lost his hand to a hungry alligator, but police still arrested him.

A captain of the Florida Airboat, whose hand was chewed off by a 9-foot alligator, is facing charges for feeding the animal.

Records of the Collier County Jail show that 63-year-old Wallace Weatherholt was charged Friday with illegally feeding a crocodile. He was later released on $1,000 bond. His next court date was set for next month.

Weatherholt was attacked on June 12 when he was giving a family of Indiana a tour of the Everglades. The family said that Weatherholt hung a fish on one side of the boat and had his hand on the water surface when the crocodile attacked.

Wildlife officials hunted down the alligator and killed it through euthanasia. Weatherholt’s hand was later found but could not be reattached.

A criminal investigation followed and Weatherholt was arrested and charged. Feeding alligators is a second degree misdemeanor.