Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has nothing on Mike Trinh.
The father and restauranteur learned from his daughter that an alligator had shown up near his front door, reports Click 2 Houston.
He called local agencies for help, but when help didn’t arrive, the man from Missouri City near Houston took matters into his own hands.
“I’ve seen them in bayous, lakes,” Trinh said to the Houston Chronicle. “Just never had one crawl to my front door.”
He has however seen plenty of episodes of The Crocodile Hunter. Drawing from his memory, he threw several blankets over the alligator until its eyes were covered.
“I’ve seen enough episodes,” Trinh said. “It’ll calm down and won’t see you when you come up to it.”
After he did that, he decided the alligator needed to wait. He took his kids to school and when he returned, his six-foot friend was still there.
“Once I came back, I secure the towels, pin its head, knee on its head, mount on its back for 4 points, and held its jaw shut. I had my daughter help me tie up the mouth, then I tied up its legs,” Trinh wrote online, according to Newsweek.
It helped that he is a black belt in jijitsu.
He decided to pick up the gator, load it into his truck and then release it back into a pond.
Texas Parks and Wildlife says most gators who show up in inhabited areas will likely move on on their own.
“In spring and summer, alligators are moving to breed and find new habitat. Most of the alligators moving around are smaller ones that have been pushed out of their normal habitat by larger alligators. Usually, these smaller alligators will move further on in a week or two,” it said to Newsweek.
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