Several weeks ago, a horrifying video surfaced online showing a woman zip-lining across a small pond in Florida. Shortly before reaching the other side, however, she’s startled by an alligator lurking below as it suddenly leaps up and tries to bite her.
At the start of the frightening video, which went viral soon after being uploaded to the internet, a female zip-line instructor can be seen leaping from a raised wooden platform. She then proceeds to soar over a small pond along a zip-line.
However, as she approaches the other side of the lake, a deadly alligator jumps out of the water and tries to bite her legs with its massive jaws, prompting her to scream out in terror. Thankfully, the dangerous reptile, which was only a couple of feet away, could not lift itself high enough to reach the startled woman, who flew safely above it before reaching the platform on the other side of the pond.
Although the clip was initially filmed in 2014, it apparently has only just surfaced online. Included with the video is a description providing some additional context. Specifically, the description reads, “this video was taken as a group of zip-line instructors were trying out a new zip line that passed directly over an alligator pond…Needless to say, this new zip line route has never been put in service.”
Unsurprisingly, many people who viewed the video were utterly terrified. For example, one viewer wrote, “that genuinely made my palms sweat.”
Another added, “and this is why I’m never going to Florida,” referring to the fact that there are countless alligators roaming around the state. And while the deadly monsters mainly stay in the wild, some have been caught on video roaming the streets.
For example, when Hurricane Irma struck the state’s coast, the Melbourne Fire Department filmed a displaced alligator wandering around the city. Specifically, the Melbourne Fire Department captured a video of a massive alligator slowly creeping along the side of the road. It then picks up speed moments after the filming begins and quickly crawls away.
Off-screen, the cameraman is heard laughing. “There he goes,” he notes as the animal scurries off into the distance. “I’m outta here,” he added, speaking on behalf of the alligator that just ran away.
Sadly, alligators are not the only dangerous reptile people have to worry about in Florida. According to reports, there are also approximately 100,000 pythons ravaging the state’s Everglades, largely due to people releasing their unwanted snakes into the wild.
On top of that, people in Florida also have to worry about anacondas. Earlier this week, for instance, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office posted the video on Facebook showing one of their detectives, Emily Shaw, capturing one of the massive beasts.
“MUST SEE VIDEO!!! Our Detective Emily Shaw got an unusual call yesterday, but one she was equipped to handle. Detective Shaw has experience handling exotic snakes. Watch as she captures what is now confirmed as a 9-foot-long Yellow Anaconda, found on the east side of Leon County, near Louvinia Drive,” they wrote in the description to the video.
“We believe this was someone’s pet that either escaped or was released. If you own an exotic pet- please be responsible. Make sure their cages are completely secure and if you decide you no longer want it, DO NOT release it into the wild. Instead, contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,” they continued, noting, “thanks, Detective Emily Shaw, for really being #ALLin.”