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South Florida man accused of bartering 4-foot alligator for beer

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Florida Fish and Wildlife officials said one South Florida man was ticketed for trying to trade a live alligator for a 12-pack of beer.

Officials said the thirsty man walked into the Santa Ana Market convenience store in Miami and did his best to barter a 4-foot alligator for the beer.

"I've never seen anything like it," said Jorge Pino, a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer. "It's quite a unique situation. I guess the guy was really feeling some sort of desperation."

Store employees called wildlife officials, who said they showed up in time to find the gator tied up in a box.

"It's something you should not do," Pino said. "The alligator is a protected species. Don't touch, feed or harass them."

Pino said it's a second-degree misdemeanor to mishandle an alligator, punishable by up to $500 and six months in jail.

As for where the man could have picked up the gator, Pino said it's not uncommon to see gators along a canal near the store. He also said bartering an alligator for beer is something he won't soon forget.

"This is a very unique situation," he said. "And I've never experienced this in 25 years of law enforcement."

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