Charge for man who lost hand feeding ’gator
A BOAT captain whose hand was bitten off by a 2.7m alligator in the United States is facing charges of feeding the animal.
Wallace Weatherholt, 63, was charged with unlawful feeding of an alligator and posted $1000, according Collier County Gaol records in Florida.
Mr Weatherholt was attacked on June 12 as he was giving an Indiana family a tour of the Everglades.
Family members say Mr Weatherholt hung a fish over the side of the boat and had his hand at the water’s surface when the alligator attacked.
Wildlife officers tracked and euthanized the ’gator.
Mr Weatherholt’s hand was found but could not be re-attached.
A criminal investigation followed.
Feeding alligators is an offence.
Mr Weatherholt’s next court date is in late August.