Zip lining, though exhilarating and fun for the whole family, can totally suck when you're suspended 40 feet above a pool of big and potentially snapping alligators. Especially so when you're a dad with a small child strapped to your person.
This is exactly what happened to a father and son at Gatorland in Orlando, Florida when they decided to partake in one of the park's attractions: a zip line that hangs over an alligator pit. The man and young boy simply stopped zipping and started stalling. Footage of their ordeal was filmed by a straphanger and obtained by local newsman Stewart Moore of broadcast station WESH News. Moore posted the video (shown above) to Facebook Saturday.
In it, a man filming the scene says:
“You really think you’re having a bad day? Lemme show you what a bad day looks like."
Additional video obtained by Moore showed the duo being reeled back to safety, but still somewhat struggling to heave themselves clear of harm's way.
Gatorland issued a statement to the New York Post about the incident, noting that it was really more of a snafu than a disaster, despite the very large, prehistoric animals conceivably awaiting the arrival of vulnerable human sinew below. Still, the father and child were hanging above the pit for 20 to 25 minutes, according to local reports.