(All images sourced as stills from the Animal Planet video)
How far would you go to be a model in a high-profile shoot? When bloggers at Models Direct saw this recent Gator Boys promotion – intended to attract publicity for their Florida based alligator rescue centre – we found ourselves asking that very question.
Gator Boys airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Animal Planet every week and follows the ‘death-defying exploits’ of alligator trappers Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle in the Everglades. Alongside the running of their unique animal facility, this fearless pair spend their spare time capturing gators and other dangerous animals that have wandered into peoples gardens, swimming pools and homes, and need to be safely returned to the wild. The Animal Planet website describes them as risking ‘injury and death’ to help terrified residents on a regular basis, but they have 30 years of experience behind them. What happens when you ask three bikini models to get up close and personal with such an unpredictable posing partner? Take a look at the images below to find out.
“All you’ve got to do is walk down round here, put your knee down like this and sit on him,” one bold model was told as she approached ‘Godzilla’ for the first few pictures.
The other two girls were more cautious, but agreed to pose sitting on the gator’s back once they had seen their friend interacting successfully with this most unusual of props.
They followed instructions carefully as they were filmed and photographed and, thankfully, everyone left the poolside safely.
Bedard told Animal Planet: “I am so blessed and thankful. Everyday is a new adventure and has a new surprise. There are very few days in my life that I can recall, that I wouldn’t love to be able to live over 10 or 20 times. I’m the luckiest guy in the world.
“People think my friends and I are these really tough guys; because we work with all these dangerous animals, put our own stitches in and because I used to run a hundred miles a week and stuff, but they have no idea.”
Would you agree to a photo shoot with a dangerous animal or were these models risking too much in the name of fame?