A Florida man allegedly threw a live alligator into a Wendy's in what his mother claims was merely a prank on a friend.
According to the New York Daily News, 23-year-old Joshua James pulled up to the drive-thru window of a Wendy's in Royal Palm Beach, Florida and retrieved the animal from his backseat after an employee handed him his drink.
James then reportedly threw the 3-foot-6-inch alligator through the drive-thru window.
It's not clear how long the alligator was inside the restaurant, but it appears to have spent at least a few minutes crawling around the floor of the kitchen area.
James was charged with unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator, petit larceny and aggravated assault.
The third charge named the alligator as a deadly weapon and could put James in prison for up to five years.
James told authorities he found the alligator on the side of the road and put it in his truck.
His mother believes the alligator was meant as a prank on James' friend who works at the restaurant.
She reportedly told WPTV,
He's a prankster. He does stuff like this because he thinks it's funny.
James apparently committed the deed in October, but he was only recently taken into custody.
The alligator was not harmed, and it was released into a nearby canal.
Citations: Florida man accused of assault with deadly weapon for throwing alligator into Wendy's drive-thru (New York Daily News), Florida man accused of tossing gator into Wendy's drive-thru window (WPTV)