The kids safe and the amphibious intruder secured, Trinh dialled up animal control (TPWD) only to find they opened at 8am.
Rather than wait around, Trinh put the alligator in the back of his truck and released it in a local creek, while his wife finished the school run.
Alligators are not uncommon in Texas.
An information sheet available from Texas Parks and Wildlife said that the sharp-toothed carnivores live in ‘swamps, rivers, bayous, and marshes of the southern US, including the eastern third of Texas.’
TPWD also noted that alligators — once a protected species — are ‘now a protected game animal in Texas,’ meaning special hunting permits are required.
Taking It in His Stride
In addition to being a proud dad to sassy kids, and a 5 wins to 3 losses MMA fighter, Trinh is a restaurant owner.
Riding the viral social media wave, he’s laughing along with the light-hearted memes about him, and using the attention to help promote his seafood business.
Dubbed with the epithet “The Alligator Man”, Trinh posted a video on Instagram of himself at Starbucks, as well as an image of himself as Steve Irwin, with the caption:
‘I’ve been called many things. And some not so flattering. F*** it, I’ll just learn to embrace this one. Life’s a short ride, you just try to enjoy what you can along the way.’
Trinh’s tackle gave his kids an insight into how masculinity and fatherhood meet. He applied a firm, measured response that met well with his capabilities and experience.
Instead of avoiding the problem or passing the buck, Trinh stepped up and delivered on behalf of his family. In other words, he heard a call for help, then ran towards the sound of bullets.
Whether Trinh knew it or not, by observing, orienting, deciding, then acting, he was applying what military strategists call the “OODA loop.” (observe–orient–decide–act)
As Brett McKay of The Art of Manliness website fame concluded, OODA is about learning to adapt to a changing environment, by using what’s observed to overcome problems and counter blind spots in the decision-making process.
Decisions and actions are informed by spatial awareness and timing, not just speed.
Regardless, Trinh’s example is one of a dad loving on his family in the greatest way possible. He was prepared to lay down his life for his family, by putting himself between them and harm’s way.
A dad need not have mixed martial arts training to do this, but a little OODA, a sense of humour, and a sprinkling of MMA skills certainly don’t go astray.
Rod, his wife Jonda, and their five kids are homeschooling veterans. Rod spent 12 years in management at Koorong, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry & Theology, and is a writer for the theological, politically edgy news site Caldron Pool. Rod also writes for the Spectator. Find his personal blog here.
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