WATCH: Crane Faces Off Against Alligator... and Wins
A bird recently stood its ground against a hungry alligator on the banks of a Florida waterway and lived to fly another day.
A video shared by Laura Akin in Sarasota, FL, shows what appears to be a crane standing on the grass at the top of an embankment, staring down at an alligator slowly emerging from the water.
After a long staring contest, the alligator makes a move. The bird immediately spreads its wings again, but the gator quickly turns back and slides into the water.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there are approx 1.3 million alligators in the state, living across all 67 counties in all wild areas that can support them.