Florida man uses wheelie bin to trap alligator

A man wrangled an agitated alligator on his neighbour's lawn in Mount Dora, Florida, by trapping it in a large wheelie bin.

Video of the moment shows Abdul Gene Malik advancing towards the alligator holding an open bin on its side, while the defensive gator swishes its tail and hisses in response.

Malik continues to push the open mouth of the bin toward the alligator, before suddenly flipping the hinged lid over the top, knocking the reptile on the head and startling it.

With the alligator confused and snapping violently at the lid, Malik quickly pushes the bin forward again, forcing the gator inside it, before righting it with the reptile's tail still thrashing, and closing the lid.

A crowd of neighbours watching the operation erupted in cheers as Malik secured the alligator and began rolling the trashcan over the road and down a hill toward a nearby pond.

There, he opened the lid and allowed the alligator to head back into the wild.

The resident who captured this video, Roy Bonilla, told Storyful that Malik was "very brave."

"He just took action at the right time, before something bad could [have] happened," Bonilla said.

The video went viral online, with many viewers praising Malik.

The Orange County government, however, tweeted a reminder that "Alligators are not recyclable in your blue lid cart" and urged people to call Nuisance Alligator Hotline, operated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, rather than try to wrangle alligators themselves.