Steve Burton’s Wild Kingdom: WBZ Sports Anchor Wrangles Gator, Meets Other Exotic Animals

BOSTON (CBS) – By now you’ve probably seen the viral video clip of Steve Burton wrangling a flailing alligator, but that’s not the only exotic animal he encountered last week.

Every once in a while to mix things up, the co-founders of Rainforest Reptile Shows, Joaney Gallagher and Michael Ralbovsky, stop by Sports Final for an educational segment on animals.

Burton with Fred, a (tamer) alligator in 2013. (WBZ)

Burton with Fred, a (tamer) alligator in 2013. (WBZ)

Burton got up close and personal with a tarantula, scorpion, a boa constrictor named Tulip and a rattlesnake.

Steve Burton with "Tulip" the boa constrictor (WBZ)

Steve Burton with “Tulip” the boa constrictor (WBZ)

Then came the fateful encounter with the alligator, which started flailing wildly in his arms after it was spooked by a nearby crocodile. A video of the incident has been viewed more than 1.3 million times on Facebook.

But the fun didn’t stop there. Joaney and Michael then brought out a Komodo dragon, which, evidently, did not use the bathroom before coming on TV.

A komodo dragon making a mess on the studio floor (WBZ)

A Komodo dragon making a mess on the studio floor (WBZ)

In his closing comments after the segment aired Sunday night, Burton said the gator run-in is something he won’t ever forget.

“One thing’s for sure,” Burton said. “I’m never, ever going to live that alligator moment down.”

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