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    A Man, an Alligator, and an iPhone — What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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    Pooja Ramanujan
    Pooja Ramanujan Jul 11, 2016

    Our iPhones are a huge part of our lives. Ridiculous as it might sound, they’re almost family. We care for them, look after them, dress them up in cute accessories, and sing them a lullaby as they drift away to sleep. What we wouldn’t do to keep them safe and free from harm!

    Then again, what would we do for our iPhones? Are we ready to fight for it? Risk our lives for it? Kill for it? Die for it??

    Turns out that 24-year-old Anthony Larrimore loved his iPhone a lot and went to great extremes to retrieve it. Here’s what happened. On an otherwise uneventful trip to a botanical garden, 24-year-old Anthony Larrimore and his partner decided to do something different. And by different, they meant ‘live-stream their experience onto Facebook’.

    Things took a turn for the worse when he dropped his iPhone into an alligator enclosure. Maybe it was the brightly coloured cover (Neon-blue! Seriously, Anthony, seriously??), but the gator took a great fancy to it! Hey, everyone wants an iPhone, right? Because “if you don’t have an iPhone, you don’t have an iPhone!”

    The gator decided to find out first-hand what all the fuss was about. He (or maybe it was a she. We’re not the experts. So, lets stick to he), assumed that the iPhone is a thing for the stomach. Let’s be honest, there’s only so much a reptile has on its mind other than food and … um … procreation.

    Dissatisfied with the taste, or the lack thereof, and disappointed by the mighty iPhone, the beast lost all interest in it and moved away to drown his sorrows in a well-deserved nap. It was only after the gator was lost in snooze land that Mr. Larrimore felt brave enough to stick his hand inside the enclosure and retrieve the device, which to no one’s wonder, refused to switch on.

    The reason Mr. Larrimore gave for risking his life (or a hand, at the very least) was fatherly love. On his phone were all the pics of his ten-month-old son. We’re guessing he hadn’t backed up the photos, otherwise, a simple restore from iCloud would have been more advisable than challenging a bored reptile. But, in that moment, he was driven by love for his little cherub.

    Mr. Larrimore, admirable sentiment that. I salute you. However, may I also recommend that you exercise caution and a little bit of practicality in the future? After all, those were only pictures of the baby you were trying to retrieve, not the baby itself. It wouldn’t have hurt to let it go, you know.

    And next time … maybe back up all your data? Please?

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