We first met “BUBBA” and his trainer, Dave David in July 2010 -- and we have been telling everyone we know about Bubba ever since! When our friends come to visit us, it’s a MUST VISIT to see Bubba’s show!
This May (2012) our friends came from California and top on our list was going to see Bubba! Even after all the times I’ve told them about Bubba, our friends had loud, audible GASPS when Dave carried Bubba to the demonstration table and gently set him down! Honestly, it’s hard to believe what you are seeing!
As Dave talked about alligators, he constantly touched and lovingly stroked Bubba. Dave is extremely articulate and very knowledgeable about alligators in his presentation -- with huge emphasis on respecting all alligators as wild animals. He explained how Bubba’s eyes work differently than a human’s eyes; what alligators in the wild eat and how differently Bubba eats. There was also great detail about Bubba’s teeth and his skin, as well as how alligators “think” with their thumb-sized brain!
Dave told us funny stories about training Bubba with hot dogs; how Bubba does not like the FEDEX truck; Bubba playing catch with the family’s dogs and how Bubba has learned his place in the “pecking order” of the family’s dogs -- and guess what? He’s not first!
Dave shared background information about how he raised and trained Bubba ever since he was a 3-day old hatchling. Now Bubba is 16 years old, over 6’ long, 170 lbs -- and he’s the most extraordinary alligator you’ll ever see! You’ll love to see how Dave still “comforts” Bubba by picking him up and putting his head on Dave’s shoulder, as he did when Bubba was little! This sight is mind-boggling!
Dave constantly reminded everyone that Bubba is extremely rare -- and without a doubt, the most docile alligator we will ever see!
Part of Dave’s presentation is to allow kids and adults to touch Bubba while he closely supervises, of course. Our friends were excited to have their picture taken with Bubba to hang up in their offices! Our grandson, Mick (10) met Bubba two years ago and he can’t wait to see Bubba again when he visits us in late September!
Unquestionably, there is a rare bond between Dave and Bubba, which can be appreciated by everyone who is LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE BUBBA’S SHOW! Bubba will always be #1 on our list for all of our visitors to Panama City Beach!
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