CRIME
05/30/2017 04:14 pm ET

Men Made Baby Alligator Chug Beer And Posted Pics On Snapchat, Officers Say

The suspects also allegedly blew smoke into the baby gator's face.

Two South Carolina men are facing charges after posting photos showing then shotgunning beers down a baby alligator’s throat.

The state’s Department of Natural Resources charged Joseph Andrew Floyd Jr., 20, and Zachary Lloyd Brown, 21, with misdemeanor harassment of wildlife after getting numerous complaints on Thursday, according to The Post and Courier newspaper.

The incident happened Wednesday on the side of a dirt road in Jasper County, SCDNR said.

Photos originally posted on Snapchat show the baby alligator’s neck being tightly squeezed as the beer is poured down its throat, according to local station WYFF. Another picture appears to show smoke being blown into the gator’s mouth. 

Members of the public took screenshots of the photos the men posted to social media and sent them to the Department of Natura
S.C. Department of Natural Resources
Members of the public took screenshots of the photos the men posted to social media and sent them to the Department of Natural Resources.

The department contacted Floyd and Brown after getting numerous complaints in response to the photos.

The suspects admitted to officers that they picked up the alligator after they saw it crossing the road, according to an SCDNR press release.

They also admitted to pouring beer into its mouth and taking photos to post on social media before putting the sudsed-up gator into a pond, the department said.

If convicted, the accused face a maximum fine of $300.

Although federal laws prohibit alligators from being legally harvested for international trade, no federal protection applies in cases like these, according to SCDNR Alligator Program Coordinator Jay Butfiloski.

“Alligators are protected under state law and even federal law where they are still listed as threatened solely due to their similarity of appearance to other endangered crocodilians worldwide,” Butfiloski said in the release.

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