Florida airboat captain charged with feeding the alligator that bit off his hand

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EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. — A Florida airboat captain whose hand was bitten off by a 2.7-metre alligator was arrested Friday and now faces charges of feeding the animal.

Collier County Jail records show 63-year-old Wallace Weatherholt was charged Friday with unlawful feeding of an alligator and later posted $1,000 bond. His next court date is Aug. 22.

If convicted, Weatherbolt, who works for Captain Doug’s Everglades Tours in Everglades City, could face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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Weatherholt was attacked on June 12 as he was giving an Indiana family a tour of the Everglades. The family said Weatherholt hung a fish over the side of the boat and had his left hand at the water’s surface when the alligator attacked.

Judy Chroniak-Hatt, who was on board the boat, told NBC-2 that the alligator managed to get its two front feet inside the…

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