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Author Topic: My Toad got beat up by an Alligator!  (Read 3763 times)
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« on: May 06, 2008, 03:55:05 PM »

On our return trip from wintering in FL to our beautiful mountains in western NC our trip was punctuated with one mishap I don't care to have a return engagement with......

Just south of Macon on I-75 I was peacefully tooling along between 60-65 in surprisingly light traffic. Ahead of me I spotted an Alligator lying crosswise directly in my lane. Quickly checking the left mirror I realized that the trucker about to pass me knew nothing about my predicament and wasn't about to read a turn signal.

I took the crittur head on as I had no choice. The front axle probably disturbed its' slumber and the rear duals really peed it off...so by the time it got to my Toad, a 2005 Scion, it was really snarling. It was a mess to say the least.  All this, of course I was unaware of and it didn't penetrate my 4" thick skull that the Toad might have had a problem...hell it didn't bother the bus!

The Scion sits very low to ground it has a problem getting over my pain threshold. There's a bunch of tore up plastic sitting on 4 wheels...and the insurance Company tells me that it has to be repaired under my Collision Coverage ($500.00 deductible) even though the bus  caused the problem. "You can't be the plaintiff and the defendant at the same time".

Trust that next time I see a 'gator on the road, when I'm in my car, I'll make a u-turn if necessary and pull that rascal off the road.  Wish someone has done that for me.

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2008, 04:10:27 PM »

Any Photos?  The thing was alive, is this correct? How fast are we talkin'?  How big a critter?  Need way more information.....g
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2008, 04:15:23 PM »

It's only a guess but I think he means a tread from a truck tire...

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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2008, 04:19:29 PM »

Sorry to hear your unfortune "luck"

Glad that no one got hurt in the accident,

Good luck with the repairs of the toad,

Does the Alligator/tread have representation, or maybe that would have only happened in NJ...

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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2008, 04:21:35 PM »

Was this animal or rubber??
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2008, 04:24:20 PM »

Ummm,

I think Bob was talking about a tiregator, hopefully. I'd hate to think he viciously attacked a kindly, well meaning itty bitty alligator!




Any Photos?  The thing was alive, is this correct? How fast are we talkin'?  How big a critter?  Need way more information.....g
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2008, 04:27:32 PM »

No, it WAS the living, breathing kind.....or so I am told....

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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2008, 04:55:17 PM »

Ummm,
I think Bob was talking about a tiregator, hopefully. I'd hate to think he viciously attacked a kindly, well meaning itty bitty alligator!

I think thats a Aggravator!    Tongue

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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2008, 05:57:38 PM »

Isn't that called aggrivated alligator assault (would that be alligated assault?)  or something like that?

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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2008, 07:48:25 PM »

Isn't that called aggrivated alligator assault (would that be alligated assault?)  or something like that?



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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2008, 08:00:20 PM »

SuperPicle, I drove that Scion a while back.  Don't underestimate them.  They are very roomy and drive nice!
In fact, I may get one for out toad too!
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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2008, 08:03:33 PM »

I'm excersizing all the self control I can muster lol.
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2008, 09:23:25 PM »

I'm sure Bob meant a tire tread gator.  If not, then maybe his last name is actually Dundee.


Trust that next time I see a 'gator on the road, when I'm in my car, I'll make a u-turn if necessary and pull that rascal off the road.  Wish someone has done that for me.

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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2008, 09:26:57 PM »

Just a word of caution. If you stop to pull chunk of rubber out of the road it can be hotter than hell and have little wire barbs. Use gloves.
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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2008, 05:51:59 AM »

 Bob, please dont stop and try to pull a real alligator from the road by the tail, some of us like you!!
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« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2008, 06:02:51 AM »

Bob, please dont stop and try to pull a real alligator from the road by the tail, some of us like you!!
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Just kiddin' Bob. Glad you & Jackie are well!  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2008, 06:12:37 AM »

I can't help picturing it from the gators point of view, " wow, martha, I was just on the interstate playing speed bump and along came this snowbird, he had a really crazed look on his face and his knuckles were white, that big bus was a challenge and I'm not sure if I won that one, but man, did I get it's baby, lol"  Bob, I tryed but I just couldn't control myself lmao.
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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2008, 06:29:26 AM »

Bob,
   If it was a real gator, did you stop and get the tail? Nothin' better than fried gator tail.  Jack
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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2008, 08:21:41 AM »

The reason Bob didn't stop is because he was afraid it wouldn't restart. You know how those old MCI's are   Grin


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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2008, 11:28:55 AM »




Bob

glad you made it back to god's country. Will try to get by before long.Will be heading down to Genes next week for the rally. Missed your pretty face at the rally in charlotte but we managed allthough it was hard.

Take care good buddy.

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« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2008, 11:53:59 AM »

I can't help picturing it from the gators point of view, " wow, martha, I was just on the interstate playing speed bump and along came this snowbird, he had a really crazed look on his face and his knuckles were white, that big bus was a challenge and I'm not sure if I won that one, but man, did I get it's baby, lol"  Bob, I tryed but I just couldn't control myself lmao.

This from a guy who watches a turtle spend all day making his way from the woods over to the garage/wood shop entrance to check out what's going on. Then picks him up and carries him right back to where he started from! Last time the turtle was seen he was cussing Cody, " Thanks alot Bub! You just cost me a days travel time before the storm, and put right back where I came from! !@#%*?:*&^$%# SNOWBIRDS!"
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« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2008, 03:31:00 PM »

Well Jack, that was the last of the snowbirds,  Grin  things can get back to normal around here........ Cool

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« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2008, 02:25:21 PM »

Let me get this correct.  You ran over REAL LIVE alligator and it tore up your toad?  Wow!  Up here in Oregon it is deer that cause the pain. Could be worse....might have been a big moose up north which may have ended up thru your windshield and in your lap....all 1000 pounds of it....and in a very very bad mood.  AUUGHHHHH!  Was anyone hurt? (other than the alligator?)  Good luck.  Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: May 09, 2008, 05:16:31 AM »

It was the rubber tire tread. The PETA crowd can stand down as no blood was shed & the real alligator is still alive & well, living on a diet of smaller animals.  Wink

Bob's been busy setting up base camp & getting 'Mama' happy.  Grin  Cool
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« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2008, 06:24:43 AM »

 Bob if you find a Gator in the road and you really think it needs to be moved. Call a professional. You have his number.
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« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2008, 06:42:03 AM »

Thanks Jim. I'll certainly keep your advice in mind. I wonder...are alligator wrestlers like cops in that when you need one they're all off having coffee and donuts?

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« Reply #26 on: May 15, 2008, 10:24:39 AM »

Bob if you find a Gator in the road and you really think it needs to be moved. Call a professional. You have his number.

Hey! I resemble that remark.  Jack
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« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2008, 04:30:57 AM »

You need to be careful what you say about this type of person Bob. You dont want an angry paramedic showing up at your next heart attack!!!!
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« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2008, 04:56:49 PM »

LOL...
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