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Florida 10-year-old whacks alligator, drags it home to Grandpa

Michael Dasher


Demonstrating that the American can-do spirit is still alive and well, Florida fifth grader Michael Dashcer did what anybody would do when a six-foot alligator ate his fishing bait.

He tried to reel it in. When it attacked him, he whacked it senseless, wrestled it down, then dragged it home to show to his grandfather.


“In the annals of awesome kids stories, this has to rank at or near the top,” quipped Vic da Silva and Chris Magor on their website “This little scamp with the Justin Bieber haircut was out fishing with some friends when he inadvertently snagged a 6-foot alligator.

“While most kids (and adults) would run off in terror at the site of a very large gator, Michael did pretty well the opposite of that — he attacked the reptile with sticks, even rode on its back like a mini pony, before subduing and dragging it home.”

“Dasher said the alligator ran at him,” reported United Press International, “so he struck it with sticks and was eventually able to climb on the animal’s back and wrestle with it. The boy was able to drag the gator back to his home, where his grandfather, Benjie Cox, called authorities.”


Michael’s buddy, Kentral Welch, 10, said he thought Michael had caught a big one.

“I thought it was a really big fish until I saw his face,” Kentral said.

Michael’s grandfather said when he saw the alligator in the front yard he called the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and wildlife officials. Cox said after that, he gave Michael a stern talk about what he had done.

WKMG-TV in Orlando reported that  Grandpa chewed him out as he treated the boy’s minor wounds from the battle. When Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers arrived, they found the animal was “in pretty bad shape.” Michael only had a few minor scratches on his hands and arms.

Officials gave the boy a stern talking to. If he’d been a little older, they said, they would have had to charge him with a felony. Considering that he’s more than a year away from graduating from grade school, they just gave him a warning.


Michael’s grandfather said he explained to his grandson that he should not have confronted the animal. In recent years, local alligators have eaten kids. Not so long ago at nearby Lone Cabbage Fish Camp on the road to Orlando, an 11-year-old boy was grabbed off the fish bank by gator and killed.

Wildlife officers said they are planning to release Michael’s alligator back into the wild. Here’s a local TV account of the incident. 


  • http://Godblessthechild.. Towona Johnson

    The Lord was truly with this young man,I just thank the Angels of protection that God sent to protect this child..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Evetta

    Praise God for watching over this child. I told a lot when I was a kid that God watches over children and fools. There is little doubt that God sent his Angels to protect both the child and the gator. I hope that he learned just how much danger he placed himself and his friends.

    If this should ever happen again I hope he and his friends will just leave the area.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Patrick Mahoney

    Looks like that we have a modern-day Davy Crockett here. God’s Word says that in the last days that His people would do exploits. Praise the Lord for His protection for this lad. God protects while some only care for the life of the real terrorists and beasts in society!

  • http://PTLFHP Jonathan N Gardiner

    The angel of the Lord was really with this,COURAGEOUS and Brave lad.He did something what most men wouldn’t dear to do.He should be given an award,this is awesome.However this is not something little children should practice doing.

    Praise be to God for his protection on this lad.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Amarie R.

    All can say is “WOW” GOD IS AWESOME. Nothing is impossible for God.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rudy

    I only have one thing to say: KING DAVID LIVES!!!(smile)
    This young man is truly blessed. I myself years ago backed down three robbers at 2 AM or so one of which put a gun to my head after I refused to get into a car. He pulled the trigger twice and the gun didn’t fire; he and his colleques jumped in the car and while driving away the one who’s gun didn’t fire, fired again and this time it did and he got me in my thigh. G-D does protect you.
    However why if this kid were younger would he have been charged with a felony??
    Micheal as Spock would say: LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!
    (And don’t do that again)

  • http://Dededeee!!! Anthony

    They say in America we rank near the bottom in reading, mathematics, science and by reading this common sense is down near the bottom. One thing that Americans rank near if not the top is confidence. There could only be one winner and one loser here and luckily for swamp boy that day he prevailed. WWF is looking for a few good men!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Phil Carr


    So because he reached for human exceptionalism and overcame a difficult situation, he is an arrogant, stupid American? We’ve been conditioned to believe that we need to rely on others (i.e. government), and that human beings are base creatures, animals, that are frail.

    Did you hateful people who talk about how stupid he is stop to think what would have happened to him (or the other boys he was with) if he tried to run instead of establishing dominance over a ferocious predator? There is a chance they may have escaped unharmed, but alligators are extremely quick in short lunges. There is a chance that he and possibly his friends would have been killed if not for his brave actions. Shame on the police for scaring the little boy. If they want to inform him of the “No Alligators as Pets” law, that’s fine. They should not have accused him of committing a felony; rather they should have given him a pat on the back for defending himself.

    Congratulations, Michael, for proving American (and human) exceptionalism. You’re not stupid. You are courageous and deserved this little bit spotlight time you’re getting.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment doris

    this was a brave lil guy n he will b a good dad n father 2 his wife hes showing u hes not afraid f the gator would have ate him u would b mad as hell n looking for it with guns god bless u lil dude just b careful n the future

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