Blood trickles from a gash below Paul Bedard’s left ear, a wound that could have been worse considering that he incurred it while kissing an 8ft (2.5m) alligator under water. In the viewing stands overlooking the pool where he is performing, a crowd of 800 people cheers and gasps as he dives to wrangle the reptile, anxious to impress the panel of judges who are assessing his moves.
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