By Mark Hodge @Mrhodgey
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Videographer / Director: Jason Alan Mcdonald
Producer: Nick Johnson
Editor: Joshua Douglas, Kyle Waters
Jason McDonald wore a GoPro as he caught Bertha, the 500 lbs female gator at the Colorado Gator Farm in Colorado, USA.
Jumping on top of the powerful animal and using his weight to hold her down, Jason, 34, even opened the giant reptiles’ mouth before an awe-struck crowd.
Jason, who treats and cares for the rescued animals, said he became involved with Colorado Gators 10 years ago, when he signed up for a wrestling class in his early twenties.
He said: “I wanted to get a pet gator and I had heard that the farm offered classes.
“I really enjoyed the rush I felt catching them and the experience of helping treat them for wounds and seeing them recover.
“While we don't breed gators, we have saved over 200 and currently have a population of around 400.”
Colorado Gators started out as a fish farm, but in 1987 they decided to buy 100 baby gators, as a means of disposing of guts and carcasses.
Jason's work at the farm is in stark contrast to his day job as a crematory manager.
And the Colorado native, who has never sustained a serious injury from handling gators, insists he prefers catching the big animals compared to the more mobile smaller ones.
He said: “The bigger gators the less flexible and much slower as they have more mass to move.
“Bertha is one of the original gators we got from Florida and she is extremely large – with the average size for a female being around eight foot.
“We have geothermal wells that keep the water hot - that's the reason we can have gators in one of the coldest places in the US – and it's also why we have such big and healthy gators.”