Two men face potential charges of harassment after the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) received several tips, and photos of the men forces a baby alligator to drink alcohol.
Joseph Andrew, Floyd, Jr., 20, and Zachary Lloyd Brown, 21, admitted to the officers that they picked up the alligator after they saw crossing the road, according to SCDNR. The men then posted photos of the alligator forced to ingest beer in Japers County, 138 miles south of Columbia. They later released the reptile into a nearby pond, according to the release.
The SCDNR Alligator Program Coordinator says alligators are protected under state and federal law, “where they are still listed as threatened solely due to their similarity of appearance to other endangered crocodilians around the world.”
In this case, federal protections do not apply, even with safeguards in place to ensure alligators have been legally harvested for international trade.
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SCDNR is the submission of a criminal offence charges of harassing wildlife by the state’s alligator management legislation.
If charged, the men are a fine of $300 and the supervision of the judge will determine their final punishment.
Terrace Garnier is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Columbia, South Carolina. Follow her on twitter: @TeraceGarnier