20, of Ridgeland, and Zachary Lloyd Brown, 21, of Ridgeland were charged with harassing wildlife after pictures of them feeding a gator beer surfaced online.
Photos posted on social media of a young alligator being forced to drink beer have prompted an investigation by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
20, and Zachary Lloyd Brown, 21, told law enforcement officers they nabbed the alligator on Wednesday as it crossed a dirt road a few miles north of Savannah, Ga., in the southeast part of SC. Floyd Jr. told authorities they released the alligator and watched it swim away in a nearby pond. "People had taken screen shots from Snapchat accounts", the agency's spokeswoman Kyndel McConchie told CNN.
The incident took place on Wednesday on a public dirt road between Hardeeville and Tillman in Jasper County.
McConchie says the animal is clearly not being handled properly, as the photos show the gator's neck being tightly squeezed.
There are federal protections in place to govern the harvesting of alligators for global trade, but in this case, experts say no federal protection applies. One photo shows someone blowing smoke from his mouth into the alligator's mouth, "shotgun" style. But for a case like this, no federal protection applies, the Department of Natural Resources said.
Under state law (Article 5, § 50-15-500, Subsection C), the most they could be fined in connection with this charge is $300.