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- Taylor Forte said she was on a picnic with her fiancé, Trevor Walters, at Lake Alice in Gainesville, Florida, when a large alligator swam to the shore and ate their spread on Thursday.
- Forte told INSIDER that Walters scared the reptile away using a “bear scare,” but not before it ate a whole wheel of cheese, a pound of grapes, and half a watermelon.
- Forte said the alligator also tried to eat their guacamole but “wasn’t able to get its snout into the bowl, so it decided to attempt to eat the entire thing.”
- Forte shared a Facebook post about her story, which went viral after she and Walters appeared on the CBS local news station WGFL.
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A Florida couple was in for a startling surprise when an alligator interrupted their recent afternoon date on Thursday.
Taylor Forte said she and her fiancé, Trevor Walters, were trying to enjoy a picnic at Lake Alice on the University of Florida’s campus in Gainesville when a large alligator swam up to the shore near them.
Forte said the couple thought the alligator would stay in the water. But instead, Forte said it fearlessly crawled up onto the beach and approached their picnic spread.
- Taylor Forte
According to Forte, Walters, a member of music duo SouthTheBayou, was preparing to leave for a 10-week training with the marines, so the couple decided that a lakeside picnic would be a nice send-off.
“We have been out there plenty of times in our years at Florida to watch the gators and other wildlife,” Forte told INSIDER. “We thought it’d be a fun time.”
- Taylor Forte
Instead, Forte said she and Walters were forced to abandon their blanket and watch as the reptile devoured their meal. First, it ate an entire wheel of smoked Gouda “by throwing it up into its mouth, much like a dog would,” Forte said.
“Then [it] moved onto our salami, grapes, watermelon, and last but not least the guacamole,” Forte told INSIDER. “It wasn’t able to get its snout into the bowl, so it decided to attempt to eat the entire thing, which left us with drool covered guac and a cracked bowl with bite marks in it.”
Forte said that she and Walters grew up in Florida, so they were accustomed to seeing alligators throughout their childhood. Still, the animal’s behavior was far from common, according to Karen Parker of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
“From the description of that situation, it seems likely that alligator had been fed,” Parker told INSIDER. “People should never feed alligators – it’s dangerous and illegal. When fed, alligators can overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food. When this happens, some of these alligators have to be removed and killed.”
According to Forte, her fiancé was “distraught” that the alligator was eating their food and decided to do a “bear scare” to shoo it away. In an interview alongside Forte with Gainesville’s local CBS news station WGFL, Walters said he made himself as big as possible and made noise in an effort to scare the animal away.
“Surprisingly enough, it worked,” Forte told INSIDER.
- Taylor Forte
Forte said the couple spent the remainder of their date walking around the lake since the alligator destroyed their spread. Later, she shared a private Facebook post about her experience, before appearing in the WGFL segment and going viral.
“It has honestly been so weird,” Forte told us. Speaking of the couple’s WGFL segment, she said: “Trevor didn’t want to pass up a chance to make an entertaining interview, but now he’s gone for the summer so I’m sure he will be shocked to see how far it has gone. He left me saying, ‘This might go viral so don’t let me down.'”
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