Video shows Florida alligator chasing after man as he tries to take a photo

A Florida man who left his hiking group to snap a picture of an alligator ended up being chased away and almost bitten by the beast.

The man strayed away to get a better shot of the reptile and invaded on the mama gator's space, according to the Palm Beach Post.

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Alligator trapper Mark Whitmire prepares an alligator he caught in a lagoon on a golf course to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.

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An alligator has its mouth taped shut and is held down after it was caught by a trapper to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.

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An alligator floats on the surface of the water in a lagoon in a golf course before a trapper caught it to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.

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Alligator trapper Mark Whitmire traps an alligator in a lagoon on golf course to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.

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An alligator has its mouth taped closed after being caught in a lagoon in a golf course by a trapper to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.

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An alligator swims in the waters at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida on 21 April 2016. Spring is nesting season in South Florida and over 140 species of birds have been spotted in the wetlands.

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In a short clip of the encounter, the man is seen setting up a tripod close to the gator before the animal charged forward, causing the man to run backward through a bush.

A couple of minutes later, as the gator began to return to the water, the man again attempted to grab his bag.

And the mother lurched forward for him once more.

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Luckily, the man walked away unharmed after the second time. According to Ben Boukari Jr., who posted the video, the "angry mama gator" was just defending her babies. The man attempting to take photos was standing off of the main boardwalk.

The video, which made its online debut June 17, has since been shared on Facebook over 1,600 times.

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