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Florida man traps huge fighting alligator in trash can in viral video

An alligator swims along the shore of a canal in Holiday Park, Florida on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. A similar alligator was recently seen in a viral video captured in a trash can by a Florida man. (AP Photo / J Pat Carter)

(NEXSTAR) – A Florida man has gone viral after he was seen on video capturing an alligator in his home using a large trash can.

A video seen by over 11 million viewers shows Eugene Bozzi, 26, pushing the open trash can towards the gator as the creature continued to back away.

Bozzi can be heard saying, “Let me know when the head goes inside.” Let me know! Someone let me know when the head gets inside the thing.

Someone else can be heard responding, “Yeah, I got you!”

Like Bozzi, wear socks and slides on your feet, pushes the bin faster towards the alligator, it drops the lid, which falls on the head of the huge reptile, causing it to struggle furiously as it partially ends up inside the bin.

Bozzi persisted, continuing to move forward until the alligator was completely inside the container. Then he straightened the trash can and closed the lid to the cheers of the viewers who could be heard on the video.

Bozzi told WOFL in Orlando he was surprised at his weight. He said the animal was “really strong” and “felt like someone was hitting the top trying to get out”.

Bozzi said the alligator eventually calmed down and was able to haul the trash can to a nearby lake and release it.

According to USA Today, Bozzi took action after his children told him about the alligator outside his home in Mount Dora, Florida. He said he initially thought it might have been a baby alligator until he saw its size.

“I said, ‘No, I’m taking it off because it’s probably hungry,’” Bozzi told USA Today. “The only thing that came to my mind was to protect my children and the other children outside.”