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No Gators Will Escape In Florida, They Said. Everything Will Be Fine, They Said

"Narrator: They all escaped."

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“We have a detailed hurricane procedure in place,” said park director Mike Hileman. “We have double fences, a large perimeter fence that goes around the entire property.”

Hileman was so confident that their gators will not run loose that he added, "If you see an alligator floating down the street right by your house, it ain’t ours."

But when HuffPost ran with the headline "Gator Park...Promises None Will Escape", people suddenly became afraid of the very real threat of alligators escaping in flood waters — and absolutely no one was reassured.

"Yeah, mhmm, sure. Sure, two-thousand-alligator park, sure."

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Some pointed out how this is exactly what someone would say as their famous last words BEFORE THOUSANDS OF ALLIGATORS SWAM LOOSE.

I believe this is what you call foreshadowing https://t.co/JIKe6b0q1C

@HuffPost Try "we'll do our best to keep the public safe". When you say "none will escape" that's just inviting Mu… https://t.co/m9EKdK7bK6

The "promise" reminded many of famous plot lines of movie franchies like Sharknado and Jurassic Park.

@HuffPost FROM THE PEOPLE THAT BROUGHT YOU SHARKNADO

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This is the plot of Jurassic Park https://t.co/5yIzloQfWy

Where, uh, if you remember all of the animals escaped and began terrorizing people.

The jokes, of course, began. "UPDATE: The park's lone computer programmer has shut down the security system and disappeared into the storm."

UPDATE: the park's lone computer programmer has shut down the security system and disappeared into the storm. https://t.co/UTTQQBN8ZK

"What could possibly go wrong?"

What could possiBLY go wrong? https://t.co/s731NUeAcW

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"Narrator: They were wrong."

They don't intend to escape. They intend to rule. https://t.co/JnJZ1sScx3

The jokes had people chuckling...very nervously.

In all seriousness, if you're in Florida please be on the look out for displaced wildlife and animals! Zoos and marine parks have taken precautions to shelter their animals, but this Huff Post story may have jinxed us all.

Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Chicago.

Contact Tanya Chen at tanya.chen@buzzfeed.com.

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