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Jacob Pursifull, 20 is arrested for jumping into Alligator Enclosure at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

20-year-old man is charged after risking his life and jumping into alligator pit at Tampa's Busch Gardens all to boost his TikTok and YouTube views!


Jacob Pursifull, 20 is arrested for jumping into Alligator Enclosure at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

On Wednesday, May 31, Jacob Ryan Pursifull entered Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with the intention of making TikTok and YouTube content.


Soon after, he posted content on TikTok and YouTube showing him sneaking into the theme park by climbing over a wall, then helping himself to Dipping Dots from a closed kiosk in the park, and unbelievably he is seen ignoring multiple Do not Enter signs before jumping into the American Alligator enclosure within the park.


At the time the footage was released, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay revealed that they had reported the incident to local law enforcement, who were investigation the incident.



Now Jacob Pursifull, 20, has been charged with burglary, theft of services and trespass by the Tampa Bay Police Department.


The police said that it was thanks to Pursifull posting the video online that they were able to identify him and eventually take him into custody. He is being held at Orient Road Jail in Tampa on a $8,500 bail.



The alligator exhibit which is across from the Moroccan Palace Theater is a regular stopping point for guests to view the alligators before and after visiting the Gorillas and Chimpanzees.


When viewing the alligators, they are separated from guests by two metal fences, and signage warning guests to keep out.


In the shocking video of Pursifull uploaded by sneakyjupa in the gator enclosure you can hear panicked park guests shouting at him to leave the enclosure, all the while he is shouting at them “Another wild Karen, crikey,”


Luckily no alligators were injured during the incident.



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