Florida man caught illegally feeding wild alligator resists arrest: “He’s a good boy…and he loves bagels”

A Florida man who allegedly resisted arrest after being caught illegally feeding an alligator named Hank in his neighborhood pond described the 10-foot beast as a “good boy” and a “good friend.”

Paul Fortin, 67, was issued a citation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) over the incident in May at a pond in Catriona Drive, Daytona Beach. But he was arrested by police and taken to Volusia County Jail after refusing to accept the citation and resisting an officer without violence.

Fortin, who says he is a disabled veteran, told News 6 that he regularly fed Hank the alligator. “He’s a good boy. He lets me pet him,” Fortin told the channel. “He just sits there and he loves bagels…He was such a good friend.”

The alligator-lover added: “It’s illegal. It’s totally illegal to do it. Did I know it? No. Did I know I couldn’t feed a turtle? Alligators? Yeah, I kinda knew that…I don’t know, maybe I’m Dr. Doolittle.”

He was reportedly caught after a report by a neighbor led to the FWC discovering a Facebook video of Fortin feeding the alligator, filmed by himself.

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A Florida man who allegedly resisted arrest after being caught illegally feeding an alligator named Hank in his neighborhood pond described the 10-foot beast as a “good boy” and a “good friend.” Paul Fortin, 67, was issued a citation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) over the incident in May at a pond…

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