SULPHUR, La. - A Louisiana man went toe-to-toe with an 11-foot alligator and now has 80 stitches to prove it.
"I've always been the kind of guy to learn the hard way," said Glen Bonin.
And his latest lesson left 80 stitches in one hand and an unforgettable story to tell.
In retrospect Bonin can laugh about it now when watching the video of his encounter with an 11-foot alligator on Prater Road just south of Sulphur. The video above shows Bonin and his two friends trying to move the gator out of the middle of the road.
"Took our shirts off, threw it on his face, and we were going to come from behind it and jump on it and in the process of doing that, it spun around and grabbed my hand seconds before we jumped on it," said Bonin.
Out of nowhere the gator snaps back at Bonin, biting his hand and sending him into a daze he'll not soon forget.
"It felt like someone was pulling my arm out. I thought I was about to lose something. It felt like it lasted forever. When it happened it was a split second, but it really wasn't. It felt like it lasted a long time," he said.
Bonin admits it was a bit of liquid courage that made him think he could move the gator, but the somewhat graphic pictures of the aftermath show, liquid courage was no match for this beast.
"Call wildlife and fisheries, call the sheriff, call somebody, stay in your vehicles don't try to play with them or move them. Leave it to the professionals that's what they say," said Bonin.