Captain Wallace “Wally” Weatherholt was reportedly in good spirits and recovering last Thursday at Tampa General Hospital after an alligator bit his hand off earlier last week.
Trappers found and killed the guilty gator after the incident and found the captain’s hand in reasonably good condition, but attempts to reattach the appendage were not successful.
“Please remember Wally and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” read a statement from Captain Doug’s Everglades Tours.
To add insult to injury, Weatherholt may face criminal charges. Feeding the beasts is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine. And several passengers aboard Weatherholt’s airboat claimed that’s what the captain was doing.
“He was splashing water and throwing fish to the alligator to get it to come up and kind of put on a little show,” Brenda Lee, a tourist from Indiana, told WINK News in Fort Myers.