A Louisiana couple decided to announce the sex of their unborn baby in a pretty jaw-dropping way.
Grandmother-to-be Melody Kliebert posted a video to Facebook on Sunday featuring her son, Mike Kliebert â an alligator wrangler and trainer who runsÂ Kliebertâs Turtle and Alligator FarmÂ in Hammond and goes by the nameÂ âT-Mike, the Gator King.â
The video shows Mike Kliebert holding an alligatorâs mouth shut on a lawn, surrounded by friends and family gathered for aÂ gender reveal party.
âFirst thing that came to my mind when my girlfriend and I decided to have a gender reveal party were alligators,â Kliebert, whose father and grandfather were both also alligator handlers, told HuffPost. âTheyâre a big part of our family, so why not incorporate them into our reveal?âÂ
At one point in the video, Kliebert places a watermelon into the gatorâs mouth. The reptile snaps her jaw shut and a blue liquid comes gushing out of her mouth,Â indicating that Kliebertâs baby is going to be a boy.
âWe have a few gators who like to eat fruit, so I figured fruit was great âletâs get a watermelon, drill a hole in it, add some Jell-O to it, and throw it in the gatorâs mouth? Let her bust it open, no big deal, you know?â Kliebert explained. âAnd what better way to do it than having an alligator that is 61 years old that my grandfather hatched in 1957?â
Kliebert said the gator in the video is named Sally and âsheâs our movie gator.â Sheâs appeared in commercials and the TV show âAmerican Horror Story,â and she recently filmed a scene for upcoming movie âLouisiana Caviar.â Kliebert says Sally responds to her name and that she received âa big piece of chickenâ as a reward for helping in the gender reveal.
âSallyâs not just a gator, sheâs not just a pet, sheâs part of our family,â he said.
The viral video has more than 5 million views on Facebook.Â It ultimately made its way onto other social media platforms, like Twitter, where many people expressed concern for the animalâs well-being.
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman said what happened in the video didnât appear to harm Sally, but the department doesnât exactly support bringing an alligator to a party.
âIt wasnât harmful to the animal,âÂ the spokesman told HuffPost.Â âBut we discourage and donât condone anyone using an animal as exhibition piece.â
He added, âAlso, it is not wise to have a dangerous animal in such a demonstration so close to humans, especially children.â
Kliebert said he had prepared for numerous scenarios in which things could have gone wrong.
âI know gators better than I know the back of my hand,â he said, noting that Sally had opportunities to hurt him in the video, but didnât.
He added that there were âa dozen other gator handlers on the scene, most of my family are gator handlers.â
Those handlers include his pregnant girlfriend, Rebecca Miller, who has been a gator handler for four years, and his 9-year-old son, Blaze.Â
âItâs like having your family brought up on the dairy farm,âÂ he explained. âExcept with gators.â
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