Vampires weren't the only thing the cast and crew had to worry about on the set of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
While they had Abe Lincoln to keep the vampires from sinking their fangs into people, the production also needed an alligator whisper to keep the gators from sinking their fangs into anyone.
Jeff Galpin, their gator whisperer, said:
"They were filming in the bottoms of some creeks, and we made sure there were no snakes or alligators around to hurt any of the actors or extras. There were lots of snakes on that set — water moccasins, corn snakes and some king snakes. Most of the time, we just put them in a sack and walk to a different location and let them go. We try to put everything back alive like we found it."
The best part is not only has Galpin been handling animals since he was 13, he empathizes using humane ways to handle animals.
"If we’re removing alligators from a set, we’ll lasso them. We have to transport them in something that looks like a coffin. It’s padded or cushioned on all the sides. And we transport them in a climate-controlled trailer to keep them always at a decent body temperature in the 80s. There are places to put them humanely and safely. One of our nuisance officers down here has a 500- or 600-acre lake, and he puts all the small ones in there. And there’s a swamp tour that has 1,500 acres of land with a bunch of bayous through it, that doesn’t let anyone hunt or fish on the property."
We're so glad Jeff was there to keep the cast of the film safe and to make sure the gators found a new, safe home!
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