The last thing you expect when you go to the zoo is to get eaten by an alligator, but sometimes these creatures might mistake us for food! Taking your children to the zoo is a fun experience for the whole family, but sometimes the glass is the only thing stopping your child from the bite of an alligator.

A video of a boy standing against the glass at a zoo was posted that showed a seemingly “calm” alligator staring motionless at the little boy from behind the glass. The young boy had his hands pressed against the glass, clearly fascinated by the alligator in the water.

After the alligator had been motionless for a while, it suddenly moves forward toward the glass where the boy was standing to snap at the boy. The alligator then goes back to being motionless in the water, but you can see it staring intently at the little boy and his parent who filmed the whole ordeal.

Luckily, the glass prevented anything bad from happening, and the little boy didn’t seem to fear the alligator he continued staring at the alligator who was now in the corner and probably confused by the glass.

Gator from Lakeland Florida
Alligators have huge jaws and are known for chomping up their prey!

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How Do Alligators Move So Fast?

From the video, you can see just how fast an alligator can move, even after they have remained calm. Alligators must naturally act quickly and have great reflexes if they want to catch prey, as alligators will watch from the water until an unsuspecting prey is close enough by the water for them to strike. This is how alligators catch their prey in the wild, and they are masters at ambush attacks when you least expect it.

Alligators can blend into the water by only showing the tops of their heads, allowing them to see what’s happening above the water’s surface. Although it looks strange, the video shows a perfect example of the stance alligators will use to watch their prey while going undetected. Most alligators will stand in an upright position in the water, using their tail and hindlegs for balance, just like in the video.

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