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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality show about a business that captures wild alligators provides plenty of fun details about these noble creatures and how the expanding human population is threatening their native environment. There’s plenty of excitement (and some swearing, including bleeped "s--t" and "f--k") as people wrestles the reptiles into submission. Viewers will learn all about alligators, as well as the sanctuary operated by the alligator removal service.
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What's the story?
On the Texas Gulf Coast, alligators are a fact of life. As the human population expands, people encounter gators in their yards, in drainage ditches, in nearby lakes and rivers. The dangerous wild reptiles seem to be all over the place. So what do you do? Dial GATOR 911, and get Gary Saurage to capture the beast and haul it off to his animal sanctuary. This informative reality show follows Saurage and his team as they track down gators and then wrestle them into submission.
Is it any good?
There are no tricks here, no special tools; the Gator 911 team members climb into the mud and subdue their quarry with nothing more than their bare hands and some rope or strong tape to close those powerful jaws. It’s dangerous and exciting, and something that might be totally new for many viewers.
The show also provides an excellent introduction to the alligator, explaining basic facts about how and where they live, and why their environment is threatened. Despite his obvious respect for alligators, Saurage does not side with them. He operates a well-known alligator sanctuary, and his business depends on making sure that people see them as a nuisance, best seen from the other side of a fence. In this way, Gator 911 misses an opportunity to tell the entire story about these beasts, but it’s still plenty of fun to watch.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about alligators. Did this show teach you anything new about alligators? What do you think about Saurage and his staff as they wrestle wild alligators into submission with nothing more than a rope?
Do you think capturing wild alligators is the only solution when they wander into populated areas? Isn’t the larger problem that people are expanding into gator turf? Is there an easy fix for that?