Army veteran uses trash can to save neighbor from alligator in viral video

‘I used the front like a hippo mouth,’ veteran said

ORLANDO – A U.S. Army veteran has gone viral this week after capturing an alligator in a trash can.

Eugene Bozzi is still protecting the people, only this time he’s saving a neighbor from an alligator.

Video captured by an onlooker shows Bozzi armed with a trash can which he uses to scoop up an alligator from his neighbors front yard in the Orlando area.

“I used the front like a hippo mouth,” Bozzi told USA Today of the trash can. “I saw that he was more timid and he was backing down, so that’s why I knew I had the advantage.”

Bozzi, who is from Philadelphia, said he didn’t know the procedures for capturing alligators so he “did it my own way.”

“Military instinct kicked in and, you know, ‘protect at all costs,’” Bozzi told Yahoo News.

Political strategist Steve Schale praised Bozzi on Twitter, calling him a “fine Florida Man” and shared a video of the veteran releasing the alligator back into the wild before retrieving his trash can.

To report a nuisance alligator in Texas, contact your local game warden at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.