By Mark Hodge @Mrhodgey
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Videographer / Director: Jason McDonald
Producer: Nick Johnson
Editor: Kyle Waters
This dramatic footage shows gator wrestler Jason McDonald fighting to free himself after a risky trick - which involved putting his hand in the animal's mouth - went horribly wrong.
The 34-year-old was eventually released when friends and co-workers pried open the 150 pound beast's mouth with a piece of metal.
Jason, who has been volunteering at Colorado Gator Farm for 10 years, had never been bitten before.
He said: “I've had many close calls before and I would still have my unbitten streak if I hadn't attempted that dangerous trick.
“I was in disbelief when it bit me and I was a little mad and disappointed in myself that I had allowed it to happen.
“But I've seen plenty of other people getting bit so I didn't panic at all.
“I knew I had to control the head and keep the gator from rolling or shaking its head and causing me further injury.
“The bite started to hurt a little more as we tried to put sticks in its mouth to wedge it open - every time something touched the inside of its mouth it would clamp down harder.
“Once we were able to pry its mouth open and my hand was free it felt numb - I had one puncture wound that was about half an inch deep and was filled up with blood.”
But Jason said that despite the ordeal, he will continue handling and treating alligators.
“At no point was I ever in shock. The worst part was when we used a cotton bud with bleach water to clean out the wound and prevent infection.
“I have no ill will towards the gator at all. I honestly have no idea why it closed its mouth and I plan on continuing to catch gators and teach my wrestling class - I just won't be doing that trick anymore.”