A man left needing 80 stitches after he and two friends tried to tackle an 11-foot alligator which was blocking a road in Sulphur, Louisiana, says he's learned his lesson.
"I've always been the kind of guy who learns the hard way," said Glen Bonin.
Bonin and three of his friends tried to move the alligator out of the way on Prater Road just south of Sulphur.
"(We) took our shirts off, threw it on his (the gator's) face, and we were going to come from behind it and jump on it... in the process of doing that, it spun around and grabbed my hand seconds before we jumped on it," Bonin said.
The alligator then snapped at Bonin, biting his hand and sending him into a daze.
"It felt like someone was pulling my arm out. I thought I was about to lose something. It felt like it lasted forever," Bonin said.
"Hopefully with therapy I'll be able to straighten out my ring finger and pinky a little bit," Bonin added.
Officials with the enforcement division of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stress that if you come into contact with an alligator or any wildlife, do not try to handle it on your own. Instead, call local law enforcement or the local LDWF office.