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Florida Man Arrested for Giving Beer to an Alligator

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The Florida Man is known for his crazy antics but perhaps not for being so generous with his beer. According to TCPalm, a Hobe Sound man has been accused of enticing an alligator to bite his arm and then pouring beer into the reptile’s mouth after his friend caught the animal.

Noah Osborne (left) and Timothy Kepke (right) were arrested for capturing an alligator and pouring beer into its mouth.

Noah Osborne (left) and Timothy Kepke (right) were arrested for capturing an alligator and pouring beer into its mouth.

Timothy Kepke, 27, of the 6200 block of Southeast Croton Place in Hobe Sound and Noah Osborne, 22, of the 3000 block of South Kanner Highway in Stuart were both arrested October 3rd on one felony charge each of unlawfully taking an alligator.

Back in August, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission received a complaint regarding Kepke holding an alligator and enticing the reptile to bite his right forearm and then pouring beer in the animal’s mouth, according to the FWC report.

The interaction was recorded and the video shows that once the beer was poured, the alligator aggressively reacts. TCPalm made a request for the video but that hasn’t been fulfilled.

Officers said on September 17th they went to Kepke’s home, where Kepke admitted he was the person in the video.

Kepke told officers that Osborne had caught the reptile with his bare hands along Ranchwood Street in Palm City at about 10 PM on August 26th. After Osborne had caught the alligator, Kepke told officers that he enticed it to bite him and then he poured beer into its mouth.

The pair then released the alligator alive, Kepke told officers.

Kepke also told officers he had a couple of beers, but claimed he wasn’t drunk when the incident occurred.

Officers issued arrest warrants for Kepke and Osborne in September and arrested both on October 3rd.

Kepke and Osborne were taken to the Martin County Jail with $5,000 and $2,500 bonds, respectively. They were both released later that same day.

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