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11:24 AM ET

'Gator Boys' Paul Bedard removes 8-foot gator from family's front porch. The gator surprised the family on Mother's Day.

Paul Bedard from Animal Planet's 'Gator Boys' is calm and cool with the gator on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman and Christine Romans about how he wrestled this 8-foot gator. Bedard was called when a family discovered the gator on their front porch on Mother's Day. He is at Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale where the gator is temporarily being held.

Initially the mother thought that this was an elaborate Mother's Day prank. However, when the family opened the front door, and found the gator 'hissing', they quickly called Bedard.

Bedard says that the gator was real calm and friendly. He let Bedard grab his tail and drag him out to the grass where they proceeded to have an 'impromptu alligator wrestling show to tire him out.' Once he was tired out, Bedard jumped on him and taped his mouth shut.

According to Bedard the gator 'probably got disoriented' trying to get to the pond behind the home.

Bedard claims that he has 'seen it all' and was not scared by the prospect of having to wrestle this gator.

Since the gator was an unexpected package on the family's doorstep, Bedard and his co-workers have nicknamed the gator 'Fed-Ex.'


Filed under: Mother's day • Wildlife
May 11th, 2012
11:47 AM ET

No Mother's Day? Every Mother Counts founder Christy Turlington Burns on raising awareness for childbirth complications

While mothers everywhere will be celebrated on Sunday for Mothers Day, model and activist Christy Turlington Burns is saying "No Mothers Day." She's advising no flowers, no chocolates, no loving text messages, or phone calls to mom: Absolutely nothing. She says the is a message. She wants to recognize the 1000 women a day who die of complications from childbirth, and says most are preventable.

Christy Turlington Burns talks with Soledad this morning about her "No Mother's Day" initiative.


Filed under: Mother's day