A new twist on pool parties. Orida man is spicing them up by throwing alligators in the pool with children. The gator wrangler says it's safe, clean fun. And abc's matt gutman has the story. Reporter:... See More
A new twist on pool parties. Orida man is spicing them up by throwing alligators in the pool with children. The gator wrangler says it's safe, clean fun. And abc's matt gutman has the story. Reporter: Some might call mixing gators and 8-year-olds a bad idea. Bubba barrett calls it a party. They love it. Reporter: For $175, barrett and his staff will tow a five-foot gator in the pool. And let the kids swim for their lives. It took off like wildfire. Everybody loves having the gator pool parties. Reporter: Barrett runs alligator attraction. He says the inspiration for his party idea came last summer when business was sluggish. And he saw all of the other options available for children's parties. You're 9, 10, 11 years old. You've had the bounce house. You've had the pizza party. You've had the clown party. You get to have a pool party with a gator, it's a very popular party. Reporter: Chris jones was looking for something unique for her son's birthday party this year. They really were so into it. Reporter: It turns out, her son wasn't the only person surprised by the party guest. We allowed all of the children to come to the party and the parents, without telling them about the alligators. Reporter: Barrett says this is all safe. He tapes the gator's mouth shut before the party. And says the muscles they use to open their mouths are weak, there's no risk of children being bitten. They go really fa. They're like, really cool. Reporter: In a statement to abc news, florida fish and wildlife determined barrett isn't doing anything illegal. Adding, we will say that this is not something that we encourage. But 8-year-old marshall jones doesn't care. He wouldn't mind seeing these party animals back at his house next year. For "good morning america," matt gutman, abc news, miami.
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