As if a Florida alligator is any match for an Army-trained Philadelphian.
Eugene Bozzi, an Orlando-area transplant from our area, is now in the national spotlight for his casual eviction of a huge reptile in an everyday trash can. CBS3 Philly covered the serviceman’s above-and-beyond service.
The Instagram video — which has since gone viral — shows the encounter, which occurred right outside his neighbor’s front door.
“Somebody got to step up and do something; we all got to look out for each other, right?” said Bozzi.
After he had the animal trapped, Bozzi wheeled the trash can toward a retention pond where he pushed it over and trotted to safety.
“Army training kicked in,” he said. “Just get it done, drop him there, and keep it moving.”
The viral video even got some love from CBS The Late Late Show host James Corden.
“Absolutely incredible! Very responsible, as well. Remember, always recycle your alligators,” joked Corden. “There’s a point where the alligator was right in there and struggling to get out. Felt like 25 people filming that and not one of them like, ‘Should we help him?’”
More about Eugene Bozzi, Philly man turned volunteer alligator wrangler, is at CBS3 Philly.