Musta heard him cuss a dog before.Locked&Loaded said:The gator seemed leery about approaching any further due to Rick's accent.HNTFSH said:He's fairly agile for having a club foot.Locked&Loaded said:Rick is the gosh darn Steve Irwin of Louisiana. I felt like I needed to take my phone and be in the truck with the windows rolled up and the doors locked before I finished watching this video.Rick Hall said:Still no luck getting the bug to show real interest in a gator, though he did pause for a brief look toward his sparring partner's lair this morning, and I saw she's built a nest. Rising sun was wrong for a photo, so after our walk we drove around and took this:Rick Hall said:...From the time my guys are wee pups, they're "no"ed off gators, snakes and such well enough to, nearly always, ignore them. "Nearly always" not including a 6'-7' female that startled the bug a while back and started something of a running feud. Was close enough to break up the sparring pair with "No! Leave it!" on three occasions before opting for harsher measures and ordering an e-collar to gator-break the bug. But that's not proving so easy, as it seems it's just that one gal that has, or had, his interest.
He's shown little or no interest in any but one serious big male still dragging the roads for females at the end of that season and encountered in a very few inches of new rice water, where no gator, let alone one his size, should be. And he treated it more like the curiosity it was than an adversary or prey. Just stood and watched it for the longest time before wandering off and having to be waved back to the area for the lesson I wanted to teach. Then, when I finally had him at least kinda-sorta focused on the tataille, I hit the button, the bug yelped - and jumped away from a nearby water control pipe he apparently thought did it.
And so it's gone. Stood around waiting for him to show interest in a little one long enough this morning to think of filming and shot this near miss, our closest since the above with the big boy: (Not for those offended by the "f" word.)
Did pass by and see his nemesis, or at least I saw her and he should have winded her, but he never slowed and she slipped under when she saw me. Maybe tomorrow...