Just after 3:00 A.M. Thursday morning, police witnessed a man fighting an alligator on the street in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The alligator was determined to have been stolen from Congo River, a mini golf course featuring alligators that customers can feed.

William Hodge, 32, who otherwise goes by ‘Bubba’ was identified as the man involved in the gator brawl.

Police say they saw Hodge swinging the gator around by its tail and trying to toss it on the roof of a building.

When they asked why he would do such a thing, Hodge responded that he was trying to teach the alligator “a lesson.”

Hodge claimed the gator had jumped a fence into its enclosure, and had to wrestle the gator for a while.

Bubba’s facing charges for theft, burglary, criminal mischief, and animal cruelty.

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