Target: Owner of Airboat Adventures tour company
Goal: Fire guide who swam with and fed wild alligators during a tour
A guide with the Louisiana tour company Airboat Adventures recently jumped in the water with wild alligators and fed them marshmallows while tourists watched. Not only is this extremely dangerous behavior, interacting with and feeding wild animals interferes with their ability to behave naturally and survive on their own in the wild. The tour company should be held responsible for its guide’s unacceptable behavior.
A video of the guide swimming with the wild alligators has gone viral on the internet and attracted the attention and concern of wildlife officials. The video depicts the guide not only feeding the alligators from his hand, but also putting a marshmallow in his mouth and allowing an alligator to take it. The guide risked his own life by interacting with wild alligators that could have acted on their natural instincts to attack at any moment. Alligators are especially dangerous because they are capable of using extreme force with their jaws and have poor depth perception, meaning an alligator could unintentionally bite a person’s hand or arm while trying to take food.
Wildlife officials stated human interaction with alligators can make them aggressive, and humans have a responsibility not to interrupt a wild animal’s natural habitat and interfere with its ability to behave naturally. These alligators could become dependent on being fed by humans, and won’t be able to survive on their own if humans continue to interfere. While there are no state laws prohibiting the luring and feeding of alligators it is illegal in Jefferson Parish, where the tour company is based. Condemn the tour company for its guide’s behavior and demand he be fired immediately.
Dear Airboat Adventures Owner,
I was shocked and appalled to watch the video of your tour guide jumping in the water with wild alligators and feeding them marshmallows while tourists looked on. This is reckless and dangerous behavior, and the guide’s interaction with these wild animals is interfering with their ability to survive on their own in the wild.
As you know, wild animals are unpredictable and can act on their natural instincts to hunt or protect themselves at any moment. Alligators are especially dangerous because of the massive force of their jaws and their poor depth perception, which could easily result in the guide losing his arm because the alligator could not see where the food ended and his arm began. The guide even put a marshmallow in his mouth and allowed an alligator to take it, which takes his level of recklessness to another level.
Human interaction with alligators is known to make them aggressive, according to wildlife officials, and it is the responsibility of humans not to interfere with the natural habitat of wild animals. These alligators could quickly become dependent on being fed by humans and won’t be able to survive on their own if this unacceptable behavior continues. Further, if one of the alligators did bite or attack a human, it would likely be killed. It is illegal to lure and feed alligators in Jefferson Parish where your company is based and I believe your guide should be held accountable for his actions. I strongly urge you to fire him immediately and I believe charges should be filed against him.
[Your Name Here]
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