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Hot Clicks: Enormous gator strolls past onlookers in Florida

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It's a video that's gone viral since being posted to Facebook on Sunday and it's so unreal, it had many questioning whether or not it actually happened.

An enormous alligator casually strolled past a group of people at the Circle B Bar Reserve just outside of Tampa, Florida. Police in Lakeland, Florida have confirmed it saying, it is in fact real.

It's incredible to watch the gator lumber across a path, appearing oblivious to all the people crouched on either side, snapping photos and taking videos. The video poses a question though... What happens if the gator suddenly decides he does care that people are watching him? What if he turned and started charging? Who would win that foot race?

Well, rest assured that in most situations, the human would win. The maximum speed for most human beings is about 20mph (unless you're Usain Bolt, than you can run 28mph). This is much faster than a large gator can run. According to How Stuff Works, "it's very rare for an alligator to chase a human on dry land. And the average human could easily outrun an alligator, zigzagging or not. Alligators top out at a speed of around 11 miles per hour, and they can't maintain that speed for very long."

Kim Joiner who captured the video said she's been going to Circle B for years and has never seen a gator this big. Estimated to be about 12-feet long, the gator didn't break any records. The Florida State record for the largest gator ever caught is 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

 

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