Have You Seen This? Gator snatches drone mid-flight

Imagine that you've just purchased your first drone and decide to take it down to the local swamp for some flight tests.

Imagine that you've just purchased your first drone and decide to take it down to the local swamp for some flight tests. (RIFF Outdoors via Twitter)



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THE SWAMP—Imagine that you've just purchased your first drone and decide to take it down to the local swamp for some flight tests.

First, you send the drone high into the sky to get a feel for its navigation and range. Like the legendary Pegasus, it soars majestically toward the clouds before returning to rest at your feet.

Next, it's time to let your beautiful new drone fly closer to the water. As the $900 device smoothly hovers across the swamp, it is suddenly engulfed by a ferocious beast. You're able to retrieve the wreckage following the attack, but your pulverized drone will never fly again.

For one unlucky drone pilot, this scenario played out in real life. Check out the video:

From the looks of it, the alligators in that swamp either hate the incessant whine of airborne drones or find them to be delicious. My guess is that it's the latter. All those wires and batteries could provide a host of essential vitamins and minerals (not to mention the satisfying crunch).

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Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble.”

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