After the incident, wildlife officials
found the animal and killed it, at which time Weatherholt's hand was removed from its stomach; it could not, however, be reattached. Feeding alligators will cause them to lose their natural fear of humans and they become more likely to attack, and so is a misdemeanor in Florida.
The six tourists in the boat when Weatherholt's hand was taken reported the 63-year-old held his hand over the water's surface with a fish and the 9 foot-alligator leaped up and disappeared with his hand. Weatherholt was placed into jail but he posted a $1,000 bond and was released. His court date is August 22.