Gator girl: Former nurse catches wild alligators with bare hands
A fearless female has made a name for herself as a wild ALLIGATOR catcher.
Christy Kroboth, 31, from Stafford, Texas, USA, has rescued over 300 of the giant reptiles from public spaces – some weighing up to 500lbs (35stone).
In 2014, Christy quit her job as a dental nurse and started her own business called Gator Squad.
The blonde beauty is thought to be one of the few females in the brave business.
Christy said: “People are afraid of alligators but it’s a lack of understanding, they are actually very shy creatures.
“I’ve always had passion for animals, growing up everyone said I could be a vet but I would have cried if I had to put them down.
“It started off as a hobby, I wanted to educate and save them as most people kill them.
“I spent time around them, there’s a park near where I live where they are just so used to people.
“You always hear these stories about alligators jumping out and attacking people and they are meant to be so scary, but I saw a different thing.
“I was happy to walk right past them.”
Christy enrolled in a one-day course to acquire a license which is required in Texas to work with the animals.
She said: “They teach you the basic and the first part is rules and law. Then they say go and catch it.
“If you don’t get bitten, you pass.
“I was intimated, I was only the girl in the class and they were all excepting me to fail.
“I rang my mum and I told her I couldn’t do it anymore, and she was really happy – I was so close to just getting back in my car and driving home.
“But then I had to prove myself to the guys and I went back out there and did it.
“My family thought I was crazy.
“One of the first calls was in the middle of the night and it was raining.
“I ask my dad to come with me, as one of the rules is not to go alone.
“He was taught to stay away from them, so he couldn’t believe it.
“But the catch went well and now he loves to come with me.”
Now Christy runs Gator Squad with her work partner Chris and a team of volunteers.
She said:”Every catch is different, you try to play it out in your head before you get there – is he in water or land.
“There’s no two catches are same, girls are more aggressive than boys.
“You do get anxious but it’s more adrenaline. Yes, if they wanted to eat you they could, but they are really shy so they go with the flow if you know what you do.
“I caught hundreds but most of the time, but they have never been trying to bite me, they just want to get away because he doesn’t know I am trying to help.
“If someone was putting a rope around me I’d be the same.
“But if you know their opponents, I know their weak spots.
“When you get there, you may walk up on alligator, that’s when my blood stops pumping.
“Sometimes you have to swim with them and get in the water, the whole time there’s lots of adrenaline going.”
She added: “It really has to be in your blood.
“You can be taught how to do it but if you don’t have it in your blood you’re going to get bit – you have to have that dedication and passion.”