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Alligator crashes picnic, snaps up some burgers

By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   June 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM   |   Comments

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June 21 (UPI) -- Photographer Rodney Cammauf had just settled into a spot near the water in Homestead, Florida, when an alligator crashed his picnic and ate all the burgers.

The 68-year-old and his friends were apprehensive when the alligator came up out of the water and headed right for them, and so they ran. But once the gator started snapping up the burgers, Cammauf slipped back and started snapping photos.

The wildlife photographer said alligators are "obviously not fluffy rabbits" but he couldn't resist capturing the scene -- the least he could get for a lost lunch.

In Florida, feeding alligators is illegal, not only because they develop a taste for burgers, but because they lose their fear of approaching humans, especially in areas where people commonly go.

One experienced Floridian at the picnic managed to lure the alligator back into the water, but not before it ate all their food. The group said they'll certainly mind where they set up picnics in the future.

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