Heron rides on the back of an alligator around a Florida lake, even dipping its mouth in the water to grab food
Taxi for the fearless! Brave heron casually rides on an alligator’s back around a Florida lake and even plunges its mouth into the water to grab food
- Incredible images show a snow-colored heron standing on the back of an alligator
- Former Marine Savannah Boan captured the amazing clip in Gatorland, Florida
- She said the wild heron comes to the theme park every year to breed
A fearless heron showed courage after landing on the back of an alligator and going for a ride.
Incredible images show the alligator swimming around a lake in Gatorland, Florida, with the large bird on its back, with no worries in the world.
Despite another alligator lounging nearby, the snow-colored bird seems completely at ease as it rides around on its new alligator friend.
A fearless heron rode an alligator for a ride in Gatorland, Florida, with the predator seemingly unfazed by its new companion
At some point, the heron decides that it has had enough of standing still and fleeing, to change its mind and return a little later.
Despite the heron returning to its back, the alligator shows no signs of discomfort and makes no attempt to attack the bird.
Savanna Boan, a former marine and current enrichment coordinator at Gatorland, said he filmed the incredible moment during “ adventure adventure ” where park guests can feed the alligators.
She said, ‘The heron is a wild heron. They come to Gatorland every year to breed.
‘The birds at Gatorland are pretty brave and while it doesn’t always happen, it does happen occasionally, but never at Jaws.
At some point, the heron decides that it has had enough of standing still and fleeing, to change his mind and return a little later
“Jaws is one of our more rambunctious alligators (and one of my favorites too), the birds generally don’t get close to him.”
At one point in the unusual duo’s journey, the heron courageously even dips its beak in the water, unafraid of possible consequences.
Savannah said, “I was so shocked he let the bird ride on its back that I called it back to shore.
He turned and came back. Our alligators know their names.
Gatorland has been the alligator capital of the world since 1949.
‘I’ve been working here for more than five years and every day is full of family and animal fun.
The heron even cheekily dips its beak in the water at one point in the footage, unafraid of the possible consequences of stealing some of the alligators’ food.
“I don’t think the heron was in much danger — it could always fly away — but I have to admit the birds are very brave here.”
Savannah shared the incredible video on her Instagram and it has been viewed by over 38,000 people.
People were amazed by the clip and soon expressed admiration for the bird.
One person commented below the video, “That bird is gangster.”
A second said, “Everyone loves Jaws!”
While a third replied, ‘I just love you alligator Ubers.’