MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. -
Forget about ponies, bounce houses and clowns. For $175, a Florida businessman is spicing up kids' parties by bringing tiny alligators and letting them swim in clients' pools.
Bob Barrett said the gator pool parties are totally safe -- the reptiles' mouths are clamped shut with veterinary-grade tape.
He said he gives the kids a safety lesson and a science talk about gators.
Barrett runs a beachside alligator attraction where people can get their photos taken with the young reptiles; he started renting the gators to parties last summer when business was slow.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Barrett has a license to exhibit the gators and adds that people should always use caution when they come into contact with wild animals.