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Crikey! Man Arrested After Breaking Into Busch Gardens Alligator Enclosure in Florida for Social Media Video

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Jun. 15 2023, Published 12:06 p.m. ET

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A man in Florida has been arrested after he allegedly broke into a Florida theme park, jumped into an alligator enclosure and filmed it for his social media followers, according to authorities.

On June 1, Jacob Pursifull, 20, jumped a fence to enter Busch Gardens theme park illegally, the Tampa Police Department said.

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Pursifull, along with two others, then went to the park’s alligator enclosure, which is outfitted with two layers of metal fencing.

Pursifull entered the enclosure while one of the people with him recorded the video, police said.

In the video, onlookers can be heard shouting at him to get out and warning him it was dangerous to get that close to the reptiles, police said. The video did go viral online.

Pursifull can be heard saying, “Another wild Karen. Crikey!,” CNN reported.

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Officials say Pursifull posted the video to social media, but there are currently no videos of the incident appearing on the social media accounts belonging to Pursifull.

Investigators were able to get leads from social media while trying to identify and arrest Pursifull.

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Pursifull was arrested and charged with theft of services, trespassing and burglary of an occupied structure, police said.

He was booked into the Hillsborough County jail, but was released on $8,500 bond, officials said.

It is not clear whether the two other people that allegedly snuck into the theme park with Pursifull will face charges.


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