Photographer nearly gets eaten by alligator

YouTube video causes outrage

A photographer taking pictures of alligators on a riverbank in Costa Rica nearly got eaten alive in an attempt to take the perfect photo.

The man, named only as Antonio, can be seen crouching down taking photos as his friends throw scraps of meat to the alligators to lure them closer.

He was so focused on taking pictures of one particular alligator that he failed to spot another one right beside it, that was until it lunged out of the water towards him.

Although his friends tried to warn him, he decided to get as close as possible. The entire incident, which took place under Tarcoles Bridge, in Rio Tarcoles, was filmed by one of his friends and posted on YouTube.

However, a number of people have criticised Antonio's antics. One YouTube user tvfilm said: "Why are you idiots feeding them? You are breaking nature's call. These alligators won't be afraid of humans now. That's no fucking Disneyland? Antonio, go back to working at Glamour Shots bro," and heyitstafranco said: "And the? Darwin award goes to... Antonio!!!"

His friend David Clow, who posted the video, then stepped in to defend him, saying: "It's called living on the edge, not being dumb. It is called guts, not stupidity. Not everyone can afford a huge lens, eh.

"My friend, Antonio, may have a death wish, and he may be a little crazy, but he is not stupid. He is a hard dude. I wanted to be down there. Like he says in the video, everyone made it worse yelling. He knows how to behave around them. Try not to be too mean, people."

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