Was Anyone as Appalled by This Photo as I Was?

Was Anyone as Appalled by This Photo as I Was?

This image appeared in the Sun-Times Saturday and shows a 2 year old child being placed on the back of an alligator during a reptile presentation by the Discovery Channel at Tinley Park High School on Friday.

Hellooooo!!!  If that alligator isn't stuffed or plastic, then I see NO reason why a small child would be placed in such close proximity to a wild animal!  And if it is alive, which I am pretty sure it is, its mouth full of protruding, sharp teeth isn't even taped shut!  I don't know about you but I've seen plenty of nature shows about alligators and they aren't pretty.

Even the child's instincts seems to tell her she shouldn't be there....her little face tells a thousand words from what I can see....

Anyway, call me crazy..... I've never seen a circus alligator nor does this look like a pony....It looks like a recipe for disaster.

What do you think?

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  • A few years ago while wandering through the woods I stopped to take some close up pictures of a baby groundhog I came across. It didn't like that idea and attacked me.

    While out fishing and hunting I've been attacked by geese, ducks, snapping turtles, an owl, an opossum of all things and a wide variety of birds.

    I didn't know a baby groundhog could move that fast, I barely dodged the lunge. I've seen video that shows how fast an alligator can move. I can't move that fast.

    I don't care how good of a handler that alligator has, I wouldn't get near it and definitely wouldn't have put my kids near it when they were small.

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