RUSH: I found what it was about a reporterette wondering what the alligator was thinking.
It was actually on CNN, and it was Brooke Baldwin. It was last Wednesday afternoon. Brooke Baldwin was speaking with Gatorland alligator rescue expert Tim Williams about that incident with the gator and the 2-year-old baby at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Man, that’s just gotta be… Those poor parents. I cannot imagine. That’s something they’re never gonna… I mean, it’s never gonna leave their minds, the whole… Anyway, boy, your heart just goes out to them. How do you ever forget the mental image you conjure? Anyway, here’s Brooke Baldwin asking a question to Tim Williams of the Gatorland alligator rescue outreach. He’s an expert there. Number 27. Audio sound bite 27. Three, two, one. I guess we don’t have it.
BALDWIN: There were signs: “No swimming.” You know, I don’t know if there were no wildlife signs. I realize that, when you come to Florida, Florida has a lot of gators. What do you think…? I mean, if the child was walking around the periphery of this lagoon, it was nighttime, what would the gator be thinking?
RUSH: Do you know how big a gator’s brain is? It’s about the size of a pea. I mean, it’s tiny. It may be bigger than that but an alligator is nothing but a pure predator. They don’t think. Animals don’t… You know what this reminds me of? There was a story once… Oh, we’ve got the answer coming up in just a second here. You remember, Snerdley. We had this story. It was a story out of Pennsylvania, and a couple of cows fell in the ice.
They were walking around. They didn’t know they were on a frozen body of water and a couple of them fell in. And the news report had the other cows looking on hopefully, with hope and fear — hope that their friends could be rescued and fear that they would fall in, too. And the cows are sitting there chewing their cud. They couldn’t care less. They’re clueless. One minute the cow’s there; next minute it’s gone. Big whoop. Your dog doesn’t think, your cat doesn’t think. They don’t think. They don’t have…
Animals don’t have any sense of their own selves. I’m getting into deep doo-doo here with pet owners, and there’s no bigger pet lover than me, folks, but you have to… An alligator particularly! It’s just a predator. It’s just a full-fledged predator. So is your little cat. (interruption) No, no, no. The alligator is not weighing odds and the alligator is not deciding, “Oh, that boy looks so cute! I think I’ll leave him alone.” No. The alligator is not thinking. That’s what happens when you humanize. These are… (interruption) Yeah.
You know, we run into alligators all the time on the golf course. I mean, they’re out there, and they’re just idiots. They’re sitting around. When it’s time to eat they get up and move and go swallow something and then they go back and just lounge there like whatever they do. We sometimes throw golf balls at ’em just to see ’em move. One day, there is a giant… You’ve seen some of these videos lately of giant alligators walking on the fairways of golf courses. Well, at one of the golf courses I’m a member of here, there is a giant gator out there.
We know where it is, and sometimes it’s just barely viewable on the surface. Sometimes it’s on the bank. When it gets up and starts walking, we stop what we’re doing to watch it ’cause it’s the most amazing-looking thing. And then we all… We don’t get too close. That thing can go 20 miles an hour for like 20 seconds. The golf course rules are if the gator gave his chase, zigzag. They can’t do that. They can catch you if you go straight line. For 30 seconds, those things can do like 25, 30 miles an hour. After that, of course, it’s time to go back and grab another Bud. But they don’t think! It’s pure instinct. They just…
Anyway, here’s what the gator rescue expert said when asked what the gator was thinking, as the boy was roaming the beach.
WILLIAMS: Splashing is a big attractive to these animals. They could sound like some animal struggling in the water. They come over there to see what it is; they think they have a chance to take that animal, they will. So there’s a lot of things that play in on this.
RUSH: (impression) “You mean he didn’t know it was little boy? He just thought it was an animal?” Yeah, like an alligator knows what a human being is. An the alligator doesn’t even know that it is an alligator. An alligator has never seen itself. It doesn’t know what it is! They don’t have mirrors. Alligators can’t lick themselves like dogs can. They don’t know what they… (interruption) I know. (interruption) Well, okay, they see other. (interruption) Yeah, yeah, yeah, they may… They see other alligators. I take it back. They know what another alligator is. But that’s instinct, too.
You know, that’s just typical male, predator behavior taking over in an alligator.
That is just like humanity.
You know, men, humans, male humans are nothing but predators.