Florida Man Tries To Trade Wild Alligator For 12-Pack Of Beer (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A homeless man in Florida caught a wild alligator and tried to trade it for a 12-pack of beer at a Miami store.

Fernando Aguilera, 64, was caught on camera in Santa Ana Market holding the four-foot gator.

When the clerk refused he tried to barter with other customers. That’s when the staff called authorities.

Both Miami police and Fish and Wildlife officers responded to the call.

The alligator was confiscated and Aguilera was cited for illegally capturing, possessing and trying to sell the reptile.

"I have never experienced anything like this in 25 years in law enforcement," Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino told WTVJ-TV.

State law prohibits the harassment, feeding or touching of alligators, Pino said.

"This is absolutely bizarre, I can't imagine somebody wanting to barter a live four-foot alligator for a 12-pack of beer, it makes no sense to me," Pino said.

The alligator, which had been caught in a nearby park, was unharmed.

"It was pretty much in good shape, we didn't notice any unusual conditions on it," he said.

Authorities released it back into the wild.

Sources: New York Daily, NBC Miami

Sources: New York Daily, NBC Miami