Is it the slime? The bugs? The thrill of confronting a scaly beast with way more teeth than you? Whatever it is, something about jungles and swamps fascinates people from elsewhere. Especially if alligators are involved.
This video has hungry alligators and a panther in heat.
The Jungle Adventures Nature Animal Park, where I shot this footage, is in the unincorporated community of Christmas, Fla., near Port Canaveral, where many cruise ships call. I was among a busload of tourists who left our fancy cruise ship to commune with the gators and their neighbors.