Watch News Anchor Wrestle With Angry Gator on Live TV
Video of a gator struggling with a news anchor live on television has exploded into a viral sensation.
The clip stems from late August, when WBZ sports anchor Steve Burton was involved in a segment featuring several animals. Things went according to plan when Burton handled tarantulas, scorpions, and a boa constrictor. Everything turned however when animal handlers Joaney Gallagher and Michael Ralbovsky tried to hand over an alligator.
Initially the gator appears docile, but as soon as Burton goes to hand the animal back it begins thrashing wildly, much to the anchor’s chagrin. The comical clip quickly went viral, garnering over 1,000,000 Facebook views as of press time, with many finding humor in Burton’s reaction.
— STEVE BURTON (@STEVEBURTONWBZ) September 1, 2016
The anchor himself spoke about the incident, telling the Huffington Post, “That clip doesn’t show the whole thing. It was a segment lasting five or 10 minutes and the gator didn’t want to be held anymore.”